The Shoreline of
Ambergris Caye

ne hundred and fifty years ago the Mestizos settled on Ambergris Caye after the Guerra de las Castas in Yucatan. (The Caste War or Class War). However, just over one hundred years ago in 1869 the entire island belonged to Mr. James Hume Blake by virtue of his purchase at an auction sale. He bought the entire island for 625 dollars Belize ($312.50 U.S). Later on, by virtue of intermarriages, the beaches of Ambergris Caye belonged to two other families - the Parhams and the Alamillas. And still later on, by virtue of other relationships and friendships, other smaller portions of the island belonged to some of the very Mestizos who were living on the island and working for the "Three Great Land Owners". Some of this land was probably sold to them at very low prices or given to them in exchange of special favors. The registry will quite rightfully show the names of all those property owners who owned "cocals" (coconut plantations) along the 25 miles or so of Ambergris Caye.

So 25 years ago Journey's End and the Essene Way and El Pescador and Casa Caribe did not exist on the map of Ambergris Caye. Rather there were names like Tres Cocos, Habanero Mata, Robles, Punta Azul, etc. A few knowledgeable San Pedranos have given me the names of these "cocals" that dotted the coast 50 and 25 years ago. The map above shows how the coast of Ambergris Caye looked.

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