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Belize is the smallest country of Central America. Once part of the Maya region, it was settled by British pirates and loggers in the 17th century. Belize, then known as British Honduras, became a crown colony in 1862. It has been an independent country since 1981. Belize is ethnically extremely diverse, its population consisting of Creoles, Mayans, Spanish-speaking mestizos, Garifunas, Chinese, Mennonites, and Indians.