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Belize For whatever reason, Belize is often overlooked and is widely regarded as an obscure Central American nation. But despite being in Central America, Belize is not Central American and is usually seen as being Caribbean, it's even in CARICOM Modern-day Belize, and the north in particular, was once home to the oldest Mayan civilisations. Ancient architecture can still be seen throughout the country. During the 16th century the Spanish claimed all of Central America as a possession, but because the Mayans living in what is now Belize would not convert to Christianity, the Spanish did not settle in the area. The hard, efficient wood that is mahogany grows in Central America. This is the reason that British sailors/pirates began settling around the Belize river. The 'Baymen' as they became known began setting up sawmills in the area using slavery in the 1630's. The logging trade in the area grew and earned money for the British despite it taking place on Spanish territory. By the 1750's fears grew among the Spanish that the British would claim the area for themselves, and the British became worried that the Spanish would try and remove the trade from the area. In 1763, Spain agreed continue allowing the trade as long as it retained sovereignty over the region. But because they had not defined specific boundaries, the Baymen continued to expand their trade throughout the area and this agitated the Spanish, who felt that they were encroaching on their land. This increased tension between Britain and Spain and in the 1780's the Spanish began deporting Baymen to Cuba. The Napoleonic wars in Europe, in which Spain sided with France, increased tension between Britain and Spain and in 1797, Spain declared war on Britain. The Baymen began worrying that
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