Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, became an
independent nation in 1981, after 17 years of full internal
self-government under the British Crown.
Modern topographic mapping of Belize was undertaken by
the British Directorate of Overseas Surveys (now Ordnance
Survey International (OSI)). Early detailed mapping
included a sketch map series at 1:50,000 scale (DCS Misc
8), issued from 1947 by the Directorate of Colonial Surveys.
This was superseded in the late 1950s by DOS 449 (Series E 757), constructed from aerial
photographs and printed in three colours. In 1963 a new
series of 1:50,000 scale maps on the current sheet lines was
initiated in collaboration with the Directorate of Military
Surveys (DMS), British War Office, and this was followed
in the 1970s by a new edition based on air photography
flown in 1969 and 1972, with surveyed contours
(previous editions used form lines). In 1992, a new revision
began to be issued by the British Military Survey. These
sheets are printed in six colors and include 40 m contours
and shaded relief. Ten categories of vegetation are included
in these latest sheets, and road distances are given along
major roads. Nearly all sheets are now available in this
improved specification. The series is constructed on a
Transverse Mercator projection with a UTM grid, Clarke
1866 ellipsoid. Sheets are numbered 1-44, but some are
combined in some editions, thus a complete cover is available in 39 sheets.
The 1:250,000 series in two sheets supersedes an earlier
three-sheet series. The second edition, published in 1991,
shows relief by hypsometric tints at 200 m intervals. On the
reverse of the two sheets are 1:7,500 scale street maps of all
the principal settlements. The projection is Transverse
Mercator, and the UTM Grid is shown by marginal ticks.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Belize is available at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (2 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1990) and
1:500,000 (3 sheets, complete coverage, published 1985-1988). These products are available in paper, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats
from East View Geospatial.
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