The flag of Belize. A Caribbean country on the north east coast of Central America. Mexico is to the north, the Caribbean Sea is to the east with Guatemala to the south. It was formerly known as British Honduras.
The Mayan Civilization spilled into this area thousands of yeas ago. It fell victim to the Eurocentric system of colonization. It is still strange to me that you can have a couple of people walking along and both of them see a property and they each say, ‘hey, I like that, it now belongs to me.” Spain and England did that with Belize. Britain wanted the resources, mainly the pine and mahogany for timber. In 1840 the English outlasted the Spanish and Belize became a colony. It was granted independence in 1981.
The current flag was adopted upon independence in 1981. It is a blue field with the coat of arms in a white circle in the middle. The red stripes were added in 1981 upon their independence. It is the only flag in the world that has humans as the major design element. And, with 12 colors being used, it is the most colorful flag in the world. The coat of arms has changed over time.
Through time the gentlemen have changed color.
The current gents (see above) are slightly different with the Mestizo Belizean man more ‘Belizean’. Little things are important.
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