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Belize : a concise history

Author: P A B Thomson
Publisher: Oxford : Macmillan Caribbean, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The small Central American state of Belize has an unusual history. It was an important part of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilisation, which also embraced most of Guatemala, northern Honduras, and southern Mexico. Having fallen between three early Spanish colonial jurisdictions, Belize was then settled in the seventeenth century by British adventurers, many of them ex-buccaneers. They were in search of logwood, a
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Thomson, P.A.B. (Peter Alexander Bremner).
Belize.
Oxford : Macmillan Caribbean, 2004
(OCoLC)607810629
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: P A B Thomson
ISBN: 9780333779255 0333779258
OCLC Number: 56658702
Description: xv, 192 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1: The original inhabitants --
2: Spanish conquerors and British adventurers --
3: External rivalry and internal dissent : the eighteenth century --
4: The settlement at the beginning of the nineteenth century --
5: Slavery and emancipation --
6: Land --
7: Constitutional development --
8: Mexico and the Maya --
9: Disputes between Britain and Guatemala --
10: Development of the economy in the nineteenth century --
11: The colony at the beginning of the twentieth century --
12: Wars, a hurricane and a global slump : the first half of the twentieth century --
13: The economy after the Second World War --
14: The road towards independence --
15: The dispute with Guatemala in the twentieth century --
16: The nation state at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: P.A.B. Thomson.

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"The small Central American state of Belize has an unusual history. It was an important part of the pre-Columbian Mayan civilisation, which also embraced most of Guatemala, northern Honduras, and southern Mexico. Having fallen between three early Spanish colonial jurisdictions, Belize was then settled in the seventeenth century by British adventurers, many of them ex-buccaneers. They were in search of logwood, a tropical softwood the heart of which was in demand in Europe as a vegetable dye."--Cover.

"The British government, while upholding the right of the settlers to live and work there, never challenged the sovereignty of Spain over the territory, and indeed recognised it in two eighteenth century treaties. But they refused to accept later Guatemalan and Mexican claims to inheritance of Spanish sovereignty. The consequences of the former dispute live on today." "This book traces the outline of this complex story in as objective a way as possible, allowing the facts recorded in files in London and Belize to speak for themselves."--Cover.

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