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magnum-bze-bullet   Mahogany is the National Tree of Belize: it is part of the country's heritage and is referenced in the national motto: "Sub Umbra Florero" which in Latin means: Under the shade (of the mahogany tree) I flourish.
   

 

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More than 900 Mayan ruins are scattered around the country of Belize. There may be more; as areas of the country remain unexplored.

   

 

magnum-bze-bullet   Though the history of the Maya can be traced back for over 4,000 years, the Classic Period of more advanced mayan civilization began around the 3rd century AD and reached its height between the 6th and 8th centuries.
     
magnum-bze-bullet   Belize is more than twice the size of Jamaica with only 10% of the population.
     
magnum-bze-bullet   The Black Orchid is the National Flower of Belize. This orchid grows on trees in damp areas, and flowers nearly all year round.
     
magnum-bze-bullet   Belizean Proverb: "Blud falla vein: (Blood follows your vein) meaning; Family comes first.
     
magnum-bze-bullet   The Oceanic Society, a nonprofit marine convervation (www.oceanic-society.org) organization has a field research station in Belize.
     
magnum-bze-bullet   The Keel Billed toucan is the National Bird of Belize, Toucans are found in open areas of the country with large trees; they make a monotonous frog-like croak.
     
magnum-bze-bullet   The population of Belize is about 350,000. Estimated breakdown of its ethnic groups: Creole, 41%; Mestizo, 33%; Garifuna, 8%, Mayan, 7%; Other, 11%.
     
magnum-bze-bullet   The Tapir or Mountain Cow is the largest land mammal in the Central American tropics, and Belize's National Animal. Hunting it is illegal.
     
magnum-bze-bullet   On average Belize receives about 143 inches of rain per year. Toledo receives the most rain on average with 170 inches annually.
     

 

 

 

 

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