The first recorded European settlement is established by shipwrecked English seamen, although the area had been claimed by Spain. Over the next 150 years, more English settlements are built.
Belize is officially declared a crown colony called British Honduras.
The Belizean economy is hit by the Great Depression. Additionally, Belize City is largely destroyed by a Hurricane.
A new constitution gives Belize full internal self-government.
The country changes its name from British Honduras to Belize.
Belize declares complete independence from Britain.
Belize begins commercial exploitation of its oil reserves.
Belize's credit rating is reduced to “selective” default by ratings agency Standard and Poor's.