A History of British Honduras

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Colonial Period

The history of the territorial dispute between Guatemala and Great Britain over the "Bay Settlement" as British Honduras was then called reaches back into the early part of the sixteenth century. At that time the King of Spain claimed right to title to all the Islands and continents discovered between the Artic and Antartic Poles, 100 leagues westward of the islands of the Azores as these territories were assigned to Spain as awarded by Pope Alexander VI. Also Spain acquired by right of discovery and conquest this territory. It was Christopher Columbus who discovered the Gulf of Honduras in his fourth voyage and Spanish conquerors such as Hernan Cortez explored these lands and took possession in the name of the King of Spain.

Charles V of Germany and Charles I of Spain in 1536 signed the Royal order which gave legal title to the Governor of the Province of Guatemala to have a port on the Northern Sea even though it be within the limits of the Provinces of Yucatan and

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 11
  • Preface 13
  • Introduction 15
  • 1- Early Inhabitants The Maya 19
  • II - History 1603 - 1799 27
  • III - Nineteenth Century 37
  • IV - 20th Century 49
  • V - Religion, Education, Customs and Music 57
  • VI - Description of British Honduras 73
  • Part II - The British-Guatemala Controversy 77
  • Introduction 79
  • I - Colonial Period 81
  • Part II -- 1803 - 1849 - Summary 87
  • Part III - Clayton-Bulwer Treaty of 1850. Boundary Convention Of April 30, 1859. Dallas-Clarendon Treaty 1856. Convention of 1863. 91
  • Part IV - Twentieth Century 99
  • Bibliography 105
  • Treaty Bibliography 111
  • Periodical Bibliography 113
  • The Maya 115
  • Index 117
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