Belmopan Belize History
Belmopan Museum, often referred to as the National Museum of the Maya, Belopan or Belopan Maya Museum (or simply "Museum"), is the Belopan National Museum in Belize. The most extensive excavation in the country, the Mayan center, is an important ceremonial center for the ancient Maya. It is located in a tropical forest with bubbling branches and a large number of shrubs, trees and bushes.
After the former capital Belize City was destroyed by the devastating Hurricane Hattie in 1961, the government moved to Belmopan. It was designed from the beginning to become the centre of the country, but it never quite caught on. Although Belizing became the capital of Belizing in the 1970s, it took several decades for many countries, including the United States, to move their embassies there and a number of foreign governments to move their embassies there. Belopan has been growing since the 1990s and remains a centre of culture and trade, home to the main campus of the University of Belize.
The country is divided by the east flowing Belize River, which is an important transport route for indigenous goods. It is located on the eastern side of the Caribbean Sea and is safe from hurricanes, except for a few small islands in the Atlantic.
The main highways in Belize are the Northern Highway, which starts at the Mexican border, and the Hummingbird Highway, which leads you through southern Belization. The George Price Highway (often known as the Western Highway) connects Belmopan with the coastal city of Dangriga in the southeast of the country and connects it with the border with Guatemala.
The border between Belize and Guatemala runs along the Rio Sarstoon, which flows east into the Caribbean. The eastern border was delimited by a gauge line through the jungle that separates Belizing from the El Peten department in Guatemala.
Several competing bus lines operate on the main roads in the north - south of Punta Gorda, Belmopan and Belize City. ATMs are available in most tourist destinations, including the capital Belizing City and Cayes City, as well as several other towns and villages. The area that forms the city square clockwise from top left includes the town of Stann Creek and the area between the Rio Sarstoon and El Peten rivers, reaching as far as the border with Guatemala. Belized has two major highways: the Northern Highway, which connects Belizes City to Chetumal via the Mexican border; the Western Highway, which connects Belizes City to Belopan; and the Southern Highway, which connects St Ann's Creek with the Toledo districts.
Old Belize also has a number of historic buildings, such as the City Museum of Belizing and the Old Town Hall.
This site is mainly dedicated to Belize, but the natural beauty and habitats of the country have been preserved to support the production of the Cayes. Click here for more information about the ruins of Xunantunich and Pacbitun and their historical significance. Roaring Twenties and guided you through Belizing, with photos, videos and information about the history and culture of this beautiful country.
This exhibition contains a haunting introductory teaser about Belize's history and its tourist destinations. Click here for more information about the history and tourism of Belization in the 1970s and about This map shows the location of some of Belized's most popular tourist attractions, such as the Grand Cayman Islands and the Cayes.
Submitted as part of the Belizean Belized History Exhibition at the National Museum of Belization. Submitted under the Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial - ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Submit as an independent, non-commercial use of this exhibition for your own use or public display.
In 1962, a committee selected the site, now known as Belmopan, on the north side of the Belize River, north of Beliza, the capital. Construction began in 1963 after Hurricane Hattie wreaked havoc in Belizing City. In 1962, the committee chose the locations now known as "BelmopaNan" in Beaumont, in southwest Baja California, about 30 miles north of San Juan. Belopan was the first planned city in Central America and the second in Latin America after San Francisco.
The name Belmopan is derived from the word "Mopan," a combination of the two names of the two main rivers of Belize, the Beliza River and the Baja California River. Its name is derived from the union of two words, "Belize" and "mopans," and it is the capital of Belize.
Central Farm is located in the western part of Belize, on the border with Guatemala and west of St. Ignacio. Belmopan is also located on the Baja California River and the Roaring Fork of the Beliza River. The CAYO DISTRICT, which includes StIgnacio and Central Farm, and San Ignacio are located at the southern end of Central Park, north of San Juan and south of Cayo.