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Belmopan, Cayo, Belize
 

Founding of Belmopan

 
 
Founding of Belmopan Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 26, 2015
1. Founding of Belmopan Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated to Belizeans
by
Anthony Greenwood
Secretary of State
United Kingdom
October 9 1965

 
Erected 1965.
 
Location. 17° 16.351′ N, 88° 46.827′ W. Marker is in Belmopan, Cayo. Marker is on Western Highway (at milepost 49),, on the left when traveling east. Click for map.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Harriot W. Topsey (approx. 2.3 kilometers away); Agripino Cawich Bridge (approx. 3.5 kilometers away); Rt. Hon. George C. Price (approx. 3.5 kilometers away).
 
Regarding Founding of Belmopan. After Hurricane Hattie almost completely destroyed Belize City in 1961, a movement to change the location of the capital to higher ground inland began. George Price, as Premier of the colony of British Honduras, invited then Secretary of State for the Commonwealth and Colonies, Anthony Greenwood, to visit. During that visit on October 9, 1965 he visited the site of Belmopan, today's capital of Belize, and inaugurated this monument as a way to show UK commitment to its founding. The first phase of construction in Belmopan was completed in 1970.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Wide view of the Founding of Belmopan Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, February 26, 2015
2. Wide view of the Founding of Belmopan Marker
The Belmopan airstrip office can be seen in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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