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Corozal Town, Corozal, Belize — Central America

Corozal Town Central Park

Corozal Town Historical Walk

Corozal Town Central Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 18, 2017
1. Corozal Town Central Park Marker
Corozal Town Central Park
The Central Plaza of Corozal Town has been used for various activities and events since the town was founded in 1849. Social, cultural, sporting events and even a brief occupation in 1870 by Marcus Canul, General of the Ecaiche Maya, have made the space a gathering place for Corozalenos'. In 1955 Hurricane Janet dramatically transformed the Central Plaza. Long board buildings called "barracks" were built to house the homeless while Mayor Felipe Santiago Ricalde had the daunting task of rebuilding the town. In 1961 when catastrophic Hurricane Hattie wreaked havoc on Belize City, Mayor Ricalde, who had great diplomatic ties with the Mexican Government, organized a team of Mexican doctors and nurses to fly in with medical aid. Unfortunately the ill-fated plane crashed near Maskall Village killing all on board.

In 1965 Honourable Santiago Ricalde inaugurated the Corozal Town Central Park; he honoured the fallen doctors and nurses with a plaque inside the park's fountain. The fountain was originally donated by the Mexican Government to the people of Belize City just before Hurricane Hattie.
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Due to the aftermath and building of a new nation's capital, Belmopan City, the fountain was donated to Corozal Town. In 1987 the Corozal Central Park Clock Tower was constructed under the initiative of Mayor Richard Quan Sr.
Erected by National Institute of Culture and History (NICH). (Marker Number 6 of 7.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkDisastersMan-Made FeaturesWars, Non-US. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 18° 23.491′ N, 88° 23.211′ W. Marker is in Corozal Town, Corozal. Marker is on 1st Street South just south of 5th Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corozal Town, Corozal 7M0ZP L1XPD, Belize. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Corozal Town Hall (a few steps from this marker); Felipe Santiago Ricalde (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Barlee (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Parish Office/Priest’s Residence/Xavier College (about 120 meters away); Her Majesty's Prison (about 150 meters away); House of Culture/Public Market (about 180 meters away); Schofield Residence (about
Corozal Town Central Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. Makali Bruton, May 18, 2017
2. Corozal Town Central Park Marker
The fountain and clock tower mentioned in the marker text can be seen in the background in this view of the central park.
180 meters away); Mr. Ignacio Filiberto Sabido Padilla (approx. 14.4 kilometers away in Mexico). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corozal Town.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 319 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 4, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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