In 1959 Guatemala
issued a stamp to publicize the Guatemalan National Hospitals Fund.
The map shows the locations of proposed hospital and the relationships
between small rural hospitals and the larger urban medical centers.
The absence of a boundary between Guatemala and British
Honduras also expressed Guatemala’s position on the dispute between
Guatemala and Great Britain over the territory claimed by Great
Britain as British Honduras. The dispute with Guatemala was settled in
In 1964 Great Britain granted British Honduras
independence, but continued to protect the new country from the
Guatemalans. In 1973 British Honduras was renamed Belize.
The origin of the name, Belize not altogether clear.
Two possible explanations are, first, that “Baylize” is based on the
Spanish pronunciation of “Wallace,” the name of a pirate who settled a
settlement in the area of what is now Belize in 1638, and second, that
it is based on the Mayan word belix,
meaning “muddy water,” for the Belize River.