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Belize

Belize (beh-LEEZ) was the last country in the Americas to gain its independence, in 1981. Until then, it was part of the British Empire.
Agriculture and tourism are important industries in Belize.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica (“rich coast”) is known for its work to protect the environment. It is also famous for its coffee beans.
Because it lies close to the equator, Costa Rica has only two seasons: a rainy season and a dry season.

Panama

Panama gained its independence from Spain in November 1821. The land is covered in many areas with rainforest, where unique species of animals live.

Who do you know?

Mariano Rivera is a pitcher for the New York Yankees. He was born in Panama City in 1969.