History of Ambergris Caye
May 4th 2007 Edition
There is a Great value in Mr. George Parham’s account of The History of Ambergris Caye and its being published in the San Pedro Sun. Mr. Parham’s history and his family’s history are major parts of Ambergris Caye’s Past and present. Thanks to all involved in getting it recorded for historical record published in print and on the world wide web. So many parts of history are lost forever when not recorded by those who experienced and witnessed it. History is like an opinion in that it has more than one point of view, such as an historical famous battle will differ greatly when told by those who won rather that the historical account of the same battle as told by those who lost.
It seems fair to mention, "Ambergris Caye, Paradise with a Past" by Glenn Godfrey, Cubola Press. This book offers a slightly different account of the birth of San Pedro. I wouldn’t want to even insinuate that either account is untrue, the two accounts are both valuable accounts and in some respect compliment one another, they are different views of the same event.http://ambergriscaye.com/pages/mayan/history.html
Godfrey depicts the story as ‘The wealthy empire of Blake/Alamilla/Parham held the poor indigenous Indians in an indentured /slave situation to pick the coconuts on there plantation (Ambergris Caye) and when Belize became self-governing in 1964 when The father of our country, George Price and the Peoples United Party intervened and came to their assistance by purchasing the land that is now San Pedro, having it surveyed and issuing lots to the poor and mistreated people. A much more romantic story as told by the liberator of oppressed peoples rather than the affluent son of the oppressor.