Belmopan

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Belmopan (pronounced /ˌbɛlmoʊˈpæn/), estimated population 20,000, is the capital of Belize.

Belmopan is located at 17°15′N 88°46′W / 17.25°N 88.767°W / 17.25; -88.767,[1] at an altitude of 76 metres (250 ft) above sea level.[2] Belmopan was constructed just to the east of Belize River, 80 km (50 miles) inland from the former capital, the port of Belize City, after that city's near destruction by Hurricane Hattie in 1961.[2][3] The government was moved to Belmopan in 1970,[4] and its National Assembly Building is designed to resemble a Pre-Columbian Maya temple.[5]

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After Hurricane Hattie, with winds of up to 300 kilometres per hour (190 mph), destroyed approximately 75% of the houses and business places in low-lying and coastal Belize City, the government of the day proposed to encourage and promote the building of a new capital city.[4] This new capital would be situated on better terrain, would entail no costly reclamation of land, and would also provide for an industrial area. In 1962, a committee chose the site now known as Belmopan, located 82 kilometres (51 miles) west of the old capital of Belize City.[4]

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