One of those stories is still celebrated to this day: The Battle of St George’s Caye.
218 years ago on from September 3–10, 1798, an invading Spanish force from Mexico was met and defeated in battle by a British-led force of Baymen and slaves. The battle was won in just a few hours off St George’s Caye, forcing the Spanish forces into retreat.
On the 100th anniversary of the battle, the colonial government declared that September 9th and 10th be a national holiday. This was organized by Creoles in Belize Town as part of an ethnic and middle-class narrative to help assert their status as natives and equal partners to the British in the colony of British Honduras.
The heroic contributions of the Baymen and slaves are now remembered every 10th of September when we celebrate The Battle of St George’s Caye.