The World Heritage Committee credited Belize’s safeguarding measures as the cause for the historic conservational victory.
The legislation marks the first time that a developing country has taken such a major step to protect its oceansand all the from oil exploration and extraction.
Between 1975 and 1981, Belizean leaders stated their case for self-determination at a meeting of the heads of Commonwealth of Nations governments, the conference of ministers of the Nonaligned Movement, and at meetings of the United Nations (UN).
Belize Town eventually became Belize City which now is the largest city in Belize and was once the capital of the former British Honduras.
In the late classic period of the Maya civilization, it is estimated that between 400,000 and 1,000,000 people inhabited the area that is now Belize.
Altun Ha was occupied for many centuries, from about 900 B.C. to A.D. 1000. Most of the information on Altun Ha comes from the Classic Period from about A.D. 400 to A.D. 900, when the city was at its largest.
Long thought to be a tertiary center, it is now known that the site was one of the most important regional political centers of the Maya Lowlands during the Classic Period.