According to one of Emory Kings books:
he writes that Basil Jones was probably
a Welshman. He owned a plantation on
the north end of Ambergris Caye. He was a
bayman that played an important part in the
Battle of St. George Caye in 1798. He kept
a crew of people, probably slaves to grow
food. He assisted the military in 1798,
acting as lookouts for a Spanish invasion.
The Spaniards were defeated in the Battle
of St George Caye.
it was apparent that the Spanish would
invade, Basil Jones suggested to the military
commander that he send men to his plantation
to act as lookouts for the enemy. So they did. The Spaniards were defeated after spending two years assembling 32 ships and 2500 men. Mr. King believes that if Belize would have lost the Battle of St. George Caye there would be no Belize today.
I was also wondering what Basil Jones meant when looking into the new resort area. This is all I have come up with so far.
I read this in the book "I spent it All
in Belize" by Emory King.
[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 11-14-2000).]