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Old British Honduras Police Force Hat (Helmet)

I remember the policemen doing Guard Duties at the old government house (the governor's residence) wearing those. The helmets also had a pointed metal at the middle of the top. Something that looked like the tip of a spear. It protected you from the sun and was very light in weight.

Perhaps the BTB should incorporate these historical uniforms as a part of our tourism program. I believe that the Tourism Police could use these attire, firstly for them to be properly identified, and secondly have some historical display to attract the tourist.

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The evolution from the system of Magistrates to Legislative Assembly

The Legislative Assembly of 1854 was to have eighteen elected members, each of whom was to have at least 400 sterling worth of property. The assembly was also to have three official members appointed by the superintendent. The fact that voters had to have property yielding an income of 7 a year or a salary of a 100 a year reinforced the restrictive nature of this legislature. The superintendent could defer or dissolve the assembly at any time, originate legislation, and give or withhold consent to bills. This situation suggested that the legislature was more a chamber of debate than a place where decisions were made. The Colonial Office in London became, therefore, the real political-administrative power in the settlement. This shift in power was reinforced when in 1862 (under Governor Frederick Seymour 1857-1864), the Settlement of Belize in the Bay of Honduras was declared a British colony called British Honduras, and the crown's representative was elevated to a lieutenant governor, subordinate to the governor of Jamaica.

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