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Today in Latin American History

British Settlers Were Permitted to Cut Logwood in Belize in 1783

British Settlers Were Permitted to Cut Logwood in Belize in 1783

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Today in Latin American history, the Treaty of Paris was signed permitting British settlers to cut logwood in Belize in 1783.

While Spain first allowed by the British to engage in the logwood industry during the 1763 Treaty of Paris, the British introduced slavery to Belize.  They imported thousands of slaves from Africa to cut logwood.

The Treaty of Versailles in 1783 affirmed the boundaries set by the 1783 Treaty of Paris to cut logwood and later extended by the Convention of London in 1786.

Later, British Honduras was formally declared a British Colony in 1871.

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