British Honduras ( Belize )

4 April 2015
History of Central American nation, 1630-1981. Role of Britain & Spain, resources, native people (Mayans, Creols), govt., slavery and independence.

This study will examine the history of the nation of British Honduras (or Belize, as it has been known since 1973, eight years before winning independence). The study will include consideration of prevailing conditions in British Honduras before the arrival of the British and during British rule up to the time of independence.

As Dostert writes, the British from the beginning of their presence in Belize displayed the typical European arrogance in doing what they wanted to do and taking what they wanted to take with respect to the laws and resources of the small land on the Gulf of Honduras:
Originally settled about 1638 by bands of British woodcutters illegally harvesting the timber in Spanish domains, Belize settlers managed their own affairs and..

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