Guatemala Territorial Dispute Essay

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The Belize- Guatemala territorial dispute is in imprinted in history from more than a century ago. Today it still floods, Belize and Guatemala’s social media and news reports; and is the hottest topic for discussion in everyone’s mouth currently in both countries. This dispute is the cause of Spain’s claim to the New World also known as the Treaty of Tordesillas. Mayas had driven out the Spanish, and shipwrecked English seamen had begun settling in the area. The Godolphin Treaty of 1670 stated that all English settlements that were populated by the British were to be for the British. Britain begun to retract their forts in Belize and gave Spain control over the land. However the Baymen’s views were not taken into consideration with all of this change so they revolted when they were to be cast out of the settlement. Spain attempt to cast out the Baymen is what is known today as the 1798 Battle of St. George’s Caye, which left Spain unsuccessful. Since the Battle of St. George’s Caye the Baymen were not involved in any treaty with Spain and in 1862 the Baymen joined the British Empire.
In 1859 the Anglo-Guatemalan Treaty showed that Guatemala agreed to recognize Belize as a country, Great Britain had promised to build a road to Guatemala from Belize City to Punta Gorda. Britain however failed to comply and in 1940 Guatemala claimed that the treaty was void because of this. Belize claimed that the treaty was not applicable by them because they were not the ones to sign it.…

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