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Timeline of Major Historical Moments in Belize

1500 BCEMayans settle in present-day Belize. Settlements include Caracol, Lamanai & Lubaantun
1502Christopher Columbus & Co. become the first European visitors to Belize
1638England establishes first European settlement
1840Belize becomes part of Colony of British Honduras
1862Spanish rule ends & region becomes the British crown colony of British Honduras
January 1964Granted full governing autonomy
1973Officially renamed as Belize
September 21, 1981Belize becomes independent