Belize Government Characteristics
Belize, formerly known British Honduras, is a country slightly smaller than Wales in the United Kingdom or the US state of Massachusetts. It is approximately 23,000 km in area and is in time zone GMT –6 or the US Central time (Chicago). As one can see from the previous map, it shares borders with Mexico to the North, Guatemala to the West and South and the Caribbean Sea on the East.
Belize gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1981, after delays from an on-going territorial dispute with its westerly neighbor Guatemala, which did not recognize Belize until 1992. It has a subtropical climate with a tropical rain forest in the South. The average temperature is 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Belize does experience a severe hurricane season from September to December. The country does have one of the longest barrier reefs in the Western Hemisphere.
 Central Intelligence Agency-The World Factbook 2001, supra note 1.