September 15, 1779:
“Notwithstanding the Treaties of 1667 and 1670 and 1763 His Majesty’s subjects, without any provocation having been offered on their part, and without any notice having been given on the part of Spain, or any difference or war existing between the two Crowns, were attacked at St. George’s Caye in a most hostile manner by His Catholic Majesty’s forces; and not only robbed of all their property and effects, but their persons seized and treated in a most ignominious manner.
Some were blind-folded, others put in irons, and all of them who were captured were marched to Merida, and afterwards counter-marched and shipped off to Havana, Cuba, and there detained as prisoners until the month of July 1782, when the survivors were permitted to return to Jamaica.
Such as the settlers that escaped on board his Majesty’s ships “Badger” and “Racehorse” that fortunately appeared in the evening of the 15th of September were taken to Jamaica, but the greatest number settled on the Island of Roatan.”
September 20, 1798:
Battle of St. George’s Caye, also known as the Pork and Dough Boys’ War”:
The crushing defeat of the Spanish forces under the command Field Marshall Arthur O’Neil, the governor of Yucatan, on this memorable day has added not only another laurel to British arms, but the Colony of British Honduras extending from the Rio Hondo on the north to the River Sarstoon on the south, and from Belize on the east to Garbutt Falls on the west to the great British Commonwealth of Nations by right of conquest.
“On this occasion it is worthy of special note that the slaves of Honduras rejected the offer of freedom made to them by General O’Neil and fought most nobly for their masters, above every other consideration.”
Excerpts from the Official Handbook of British Honduras by co-authors M.S. Metzgen and H.E.C.Cain.