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.
Spain is unsuccessful in its attempts to remove the British settlers from Belize.
Belize is officially declared a crown colony called British Honduras.
A new constitution gives Belize full internal self-government. Universal adult suffrage and a two-chamber parliament is established.
The country changes its name from British Honduras to Belize.
Belize declares complete independence from Britain.
Anti-government protests turn into riots in Belmopan over proposed tax increases.
Belize begins to drill for oil.
Belize is categorized in “selective” default, one step below a full default by ratings agency Standard and Poor’s.