The Corozal 10th St George's Caye day in Corozal
It was a beautiful Saturday morning here in Corozal just like any other day. Today is special for Belize. It is a day of the Battle of Saint George's Caye holiday. Today Belize celebrated 218th year of Battle of St George’s Caye holiday. The Battle of St. George's Caye was a short military engagement that lasted from 3 to 10 September 1798, off the coast of what is now Belize. However, the name is typically reserved for the final battle that occurred on 10 September.
The Spaniards had previously attempted to expel the British settlers and their slaves on six occasions, most recently in 1779. September 10, 1798 marked the final Spanish attempt to take over the area. Today, the Battle of St. George's Caye is a national public and bank holiday.In Corozal , Saint Georges was celebrated at the Central Park with a Cermony. It commenced at 9am and it took one hour for the ceremony to conclude. It commenced in front of the Library and the people were out to celebrate the Belize’s holiday. The battle took place between an invading force from Mexico, attempting to assert Spanish claims to present-day Belize, and a small force of resident woodcutters called Baymen, who fought for their livelihood assisted by black slaves. After the final two and a half-hour battle, ravaged by sickness, the Spaniards withdrew and the British declared themselves winners.
The territory that is now Belize was under dispute from as early as the mid-1750s by Great Britain and Spain. Although Spain never occupied Belize, she considered it part of her Central American territories, such as Mexico and Guatemala. The British had entered the territory as of 1638 to harvest logwood and later mahogany. Spain recognised this trade in the Treaty of Paris (signed in 1763) but did not undertake to draw boundaries (which would have suggested that Spain was giving up claims of sovereignty to the area), leading to further disputes. Indeed, from 1779 to 1782 the settlement was abandoned, its settlers, known as the Baymen, and their African slaves having been deported to Havana, Cuba following a Spanish attack.
Let’s come back to Corozal. National Anthem, Mayor Speech, Welcome address, Tribute speech, Handing over the crown to miss 2016-17, Vote of thanks, was a part of this event’s ceremony. The speech was about to make this country a change and stop the violence in Belize and become stronger in our community. To make changes in the Corozal zone and complete the promises the mayor promised. Will they?
After the conclusion of the ceremony the Mayor of Corozal announced to applaud miss 2015 for her presentation of her miss universe that will take place today in Belize. The parade then commenced by order. BDF Soldiers, Kids cadet, Band and jump up parade. But, it was a short ceremony today and a short parade for the town. When will we have a longer and better parade? It’s about making our country a better country for our Independence. The government should invest the money like promoting reggae in the Caribbean like Chetumal did this weekend.