St George's Caye was the first capital in the 1700s and played an important role in the early settlement of Belize. The island has changed little in 200 years and remains a relic of the historic past that was early Belize and today the island is dotted with colonial buildings reminiscent of its important past.
St. George's Caye Day
On September 10, 1798 the Battle of St. George's Caye the early settlers were successful in their fight to retain claim on the lands of Belize. This day is celebrated each year in Belize in honor of those that fought for and loved St. George's Caye.
Belize $5 Bill
On the back of the Belize $5 bill are depicted important scenes from St. George's Caye including Thomas Potts' sarcophagus, the Biddle house & pier, the old Spanish map (reportedly produced by a spy), a small canon, and the national plant, animal and bird of Belize, as is found on all other bills. The front of the $5 bill is unusual in that it depicts someone who is not royalty, Thomas Potts.
St. George's Caye Mangrove Reserve
The St. George's Caye Mangrove Reserve is the first protected area designated a "mangrove reserve" by the Ministry of Natural Resources in 2005. The St George's Caye Village Council were assigned as comangers of this protected area.
September 1, 2009 was a very special day for St. George's Caye and Belize. The Opening Ceremony of the 2009 September Celebrations was held on St. George's Caye and the island was declared an Historic Landmark.
In 2010 the historic cemetery was declared an Archaeology Reserve, making it the smallest archaeology reserve in Belize!
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