Caribbean Countries

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Name: Belize; formerly known as British Honduras.

Location: Belize is bordered on the North by Mexico, on the South and West by Guatemala and on the East by the Caribbean Sea.

Currency:

Population: Since the last census established in July 2008 a total of 301,270 was recorded.

Flag:

The coat of arms shows:
1.  A mahogany tree: the first European settlers in Belize became mahogany traders and the mahogany trade was once the economical backbone of the colony. 2.  Two woodcutters, the one on the left holding an axe and the one on the right holding a paddle (rivers were the mode of transportation for getting cut logwood back to the settlement; the logwood cutters found themselves paddling further up stream to find fresh logwood areas). 3.  A shield showing the tools of the mahogany trade including a paddle, squaring axe, beating axe, saw and ship (Most of the Mahogany was shipped to Great Britain where it was in much demand for creating fine furniture). 4. A flowing scroll bearing the Latin motto "sub umbra floreo", meaning "under the shade I flourish", or/and implying "under the shade of the mahogany tree we flourish".

Economy: The Economy of Belize is big-up by tourism which is the number one foreign exchange earner followed by exports of marine products, citrus, cane sugar, bananas, and papaya.

Crude oil is playing a big part as oil has been found in our lands and this has been exported since 2006.

Agriculture plays a major role in the economy of Belize as it produces its own corn, soybeans, rice, beans, fruits, tomatoes and a big diversity of vegetable products for its own subsistence. It also produces dairy foods, beef and poultry and to top it all it does it own wood products.

Type of government: The head of government is the prime minister. There is a bi-cameral National Assembly with a 12-seat appointed Senate and a 29-seat elected House of Representatives; all of the members serve five years in the government.

Language: English is the official language, and then comes Spanish, which is widely spoken by the mestizos. The Creole people speak English Creole, the garifuna people speak garifuna, the Mennonites speak German, the Hindu, speak Hindi and different types of Asians speak mandarin.

Name: Guatemala

Location: it is located by the Caribbean Sea in Central America, bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between El Salvador and Mexico, and bordering Belize.

Population: Since the last census established in July 2008 a total of 13,002,206 people was recorded.

Flag:

The map of Guatemala has the quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala, which symbolizes freedom. The blue bands stand for the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The weapons represent the defence of liberty.

Economy: One of the main sources that have been gaining money and foreign exchange for Guatemala has been the increase of tourism. Some of the main products for export are fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts, cloths etc. Organic coffee, sugar, textiles, fresh vegetables, and bananas are also the country's main exports.

Type of Government: The government of Guatemala is constitutional democratic republic.

Language: the official language of Guatemala is Spanish and the other language is Mayan dialect, which is spoken in some areas of Guatemala.

Name: Honduras

Location: Honduras is bordered to the west by Guatemala, to the southwest by El Salvador, to the southeast by Nicaragua, to the south by the Pacific Ocean at the Gulf of Fonseca, and to the north by the Gulf of Honduras, a large inlet of the Caribbean Sea.

Currency:

Population: as of July 2008, it has been estimated a total of 7,639,327.

Flag:

The flag consists of three horizontal bands of equal width.The two outer blue bands represent the...
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