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43 In the 1840s, the United States was intent on building an interoceanic canal across Nicaragua, and in 1849 that country granted the United States the right in perpetuity to do so. The British, however, were keen on maintaining their grip on the Mosquito Shore (a territory that straddled Honduras and Nicaragua), and warned the Central American nations that Britain would resist any attempts by them to encroach on the territory of the Mosquito King. S. S. 47 Negotiations to resolve their conflicts over Central America resulted in the Dallas-Clarendon Treaty of 1856.
4 Disturbed and molested they were, however. In 1779, when war had broken out again in Europe between Britain and Spain, the Spaniards forcibly expelled the British from the settlement, which remained deserted until the European powers signed the Treaty of Versailles of 1783, in which Spain again afforded the British settlers the right to cut logwood and this time they defined limits: between the Hondo and Belize Rivers. The treaty maintained Spanish sovereignty over the area and required that “all the English, who may be dispersed in any other parts, whether on the Spanish Continent, or in any of the Islands whatsoever .
S. scheme of things became painfully apparent during the two decades that the Belize government sought to gain independence for Belize. 10 B E L I Z E’ S I N D E P E N D EN C E Defense Matters Security issues were always at the heart of the relations of cooperation between the United States and the UK; they were also crucially important for the issue of Belize’s independence: there came a point when the only thing that stood between Belize and independence was the fear of a Guatemalan military takeover, and the only feasible shield against that was British forces.
Belize’s Independence and Decolonization in Latin America: Guatemala, Britain, and the UN by Assad Shoman (auth.)