Today in Latin American History
British Settlers Were Permitted to Cut Logwood in Belize in 1783
Photo: Belize logwood
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.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Peruvian actress Pilar Pallete who was the 3rd wife of movie star John Wayne was born in 1936
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan journalist & writer Eduardo Galeano who wrote “Memoria del fuego” was born in 1940
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer José Pekerman who manages the Colombian National team was born in 1949
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian footballer Júlio César who plays for the National team & Queens Park Rangers was born in 1979