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Belize Celebrates 32 Years of Independence

Posted by Grand Baymen on Sep 3, 2013 7:44:09 AM
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Thirty-two years ago this month, Belize became an independent nation. Celebrations to mark the occasion began in St. George’s Caye Village yesterday and will continue at locations across the country throughout September.

Becoming an Independent Nation

Having been run as a British colony for 119 years, and changing its name from British Honduras in 1973, Belize made its first steps to becoming an independent nation slowly and cautiously but with no shortage of excitement, as many who live there today can testify.

Belize had to not only persuade the British that it could go it alone but also persuade Guatemala to respect its territorial borders. Although the latter nation has never fully renounced its claim, Belize has enjoyed the support of other nearby countries and Belizeans have been able to live in peace since the main body of British troops withdrew.

St George's Caye Village

The St. George’s Caye Village event was attended by Governor General Sir Colville Young and the Tourism Minister, Manuel Heredia. It also marked the 215th anniversary of the Battle of St George’s Caye, at which the British drove off Spaniards attempting to lay claim to the area. The battle marked the end of a series of skirmishes in which local people were killed, so it is generally regarded as a victory for the country’s inhabitants regardless of their origins.

Centering on the message “Belize in you, Belize in me, Land of the Free,” the celebrations will welcome everyone living in Belize and include parades and firework displays. Events in San Pedro are set to include a St. George’s Caye celebration – taking place on September 10th, National Service Day activities on the 19th, and special ceremonies on September 20th and 21st – accompanied by parties, of course.

Belize maintains an amicable relationship with Britain, which retains a garrison there to help ensure respect from other countries in the area. Many British-born people continue living in Belize to this day and games such as soccer and cricket make the cultural legacy of colonization clear.

Despite this, Belizeans take great pride in their independence. As any regular visitor will know, they also know how to throw a party, and September is a month of constant festivity. Local residents will never be short of exciting things to do.


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Written by Grand Baymen

The Grand Baymen Community includes three distinct but complimentary properties that cater to tourists, expats and Ambergris Caye residents alike. Baymen Garden Condominiums – A private, secure condominium community located on a four-acre parcel of property. Exotic Caye Beach Resort – An established, popular beach resort that caters to tourists and residents alike. San Pedro Fitness Club – Ambergris Caye’s premier club - with pool, tennis courts and gym.