Corozal Town is a town in the nation of Belize. It is the capital of Corozal District. Corozal Town is located about 96 miles north of Belize City, and 9 miles from the border with Mexico. The population is about 8,100. Corozal was a private estate before becoming a town in the 1840s, mostly settled by Mestizo refugees from the Caste War in Yucatan. Much of the town was built over an ancient Maya city sometimes known as Santa Rita; this may have been the original Pre-Columbian town called Chetumal. The town was badly damaged by Hurricane Janet in 1955 and was substantially rebuilt afterwards.