The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 43, Issue 1

Article 4
Naming and History: Aspects of the Historiography of Belize

Mavis C. Campbell


This interpretive essay examines the way in which the name Belize was artfully reconstructed to claim derivation from a Scottish buccaneer named Wallace that was eventually transmuted into Belize. As far as could be ascertained, the theory came into existence sometime around the second decade of the nineteenth century from a relatively obscure Yucatectan writer who sought to claim Spanish proprietorship of the British settlement of “Belize”. His revanchism did not succeed, but the myth stuck and is believed by many even today