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Belize was the site of several Mayan city states until their decline at the end of the first millennium A.D. The British and Spanish disputed the region in the 17th and 18th centuries; it formally became the colony of British Honduras in 1854. Territorial disputes between the UK and Guatemala delayed the independence of Belize until 1981. Guatemala refused to recognize the new nation until 1992 and the two countries are involved in an ongoing border dispute. Guatemala and Belize plan to hold a simultaneous referendum to determine if this dispute will go before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, though they have not yet set a date. Tourism has become the mainstay of the economy. Current concerns include the country's heavy foreign debt burden, high unemployment, growing involvement in the Mexican and South American drug trade, high crime rates, and one of the highest prevalence rates of HIV/AIDS in Central America.


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Communications

Telephones - main lines in use World Ranking: 180
28,800 (2011)

Telephones - mobile cellular World Ranking: 178
203,000 (2011)

Telephone system
General assessment
Above-average system; trunk network depends primarily on microwave radio relay
Domestic
Fixed-line teledensity of slightly less than 10 per 100 persons; mobile-cellular teledensity roughly 60 per 100 persons
International
Country code - 501; landing point for the Americas Region Caribbean Ring System (ARCOS-1) fiber-optic telecommunications submarine cable that provides links to South and Central America, parts of the Caribbean, and the US; satellite earth station - 8 (Intelsat - 2, unknown - 6) (2011)

Broadcast media
8 privately-owned TV stations; multi-channel cable TV provides access to foreign stations; about 25 radio stations broadcasting on roughly 50 different frequencies; state-run radio was privatized in 1998 (2007)

Internet country code
.bz

Internet hosts World Ranking: 141
7,464 (2010)

Internet users World Ranking: 178
36,000 (2009)


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Campamento Forestal Toledo District

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Tract Crossing Toledo District

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