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Belize occupies both banks of the river Belize, at its mouth.
Belize is connected by telegraph and telephone with the other chief towns of British Honduras, but there is no railway, and communication even by road is defective.
Belize probably derives its name from the French balise, " a beacon," as no doubt some signal or light was raised here for the guidance of the buccaneers who once infested this region.
In the 18th century the names Wallis and Belize were used interchangeably for the town, the river and the whole country.