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by Hector Silva

Here are the names of OLD settlements along the Belize Old River, from its two main branches, the MOPAN river and the MACAL river up to Branch mouth and down the River.

On the Mopan- Arenal, Benque Viejo del Carmen, San Jose Succotz, Clarissa, Buena Vista, San Francisco, Calla Creek, Paslow Falls, Bullet Tree Falls Village, Branch Mouth.

On the MACAL RIVER- Macaw Bank, Broke Mouth, Argentina, Negro Man & Chial, ( Fowl Cock, NOW Cristo Rey, ) San Felipe, Duffy Bank, San Ignacio, Branch Mouth.

From Branch Mouth- San Jose, ( Bright Lookout, Johnny Sam, Carmelita, NOW SANTA FAMILIA. ) Bradley's Bank, Caretella Bank, ( Santa Rosa, Saw Mill, Middle Bank, NOW Esperanza,) Duck Run, Benque Ceiba, Tiger Bank, Baking Pot, Garbutt Creek, Spanish Lookout, Morning Glory, Platon, Gentle Bank, ( Wacamayo Pass Mouth NOW George Ville, ) Dickie Smith, Floral Park, Barton Creek, Little Barton Creek (NOW United Ville), Iguana Creek, Mount Hope, Bucut Palace, Black Man Eddy, Warrie Head (Now Ontario) Teakettle.

From Teakettle to Big Falls-
Young Gial, Happy Home, ( Now Camalote,) New Home, Banner Bank, Roaring Creek, Banana Bank, Little Orange Walk ( Melhado Farm ), Never Delay, ( Ben Stuart Farm ), Mount Pleasant, Kitty Bank, Cocos, Saturday Creek, Bull Run, Salomon's Place, Cotton Tree Bank, Rock Donda, Meditation, More Tomorrow, Dancing School Eddie, Joe White Bank, Picarry Guts, Panama, Gale Creek, Beaver Dam, Castille, Cocrico Run, Baboon Eddie, Laboring Creek, Married Woman Point.

These are Villages, settlements, Farms, Banks where boats docked, Mahogany Works, along the Belize Old River up to the border between the Cayo District and the Belize District, near today's AMIGOS cool spot.

Here's the list down the river up to Belize City:

From Big Falls- Cock Laugh ( or cock loft - Foul Coupe), Society Hall, Johnny Young's Bank, Sutherland's Bank, Double Head Cabbage, Isabela Bank, Rancho Dolores, Lemonal, Jim Coto, Bermudan Landing, Hunt's Point, Scotland and Half Moon, Flowers' Bank, Bamboo Patch, Lime Walk, Burns Pen, May Pen, Black Creek, Grace Bank, Jones Bank, Mexico Creek, Bakers Ranch, Double Run, Tenesee Ranch, Burrel Boom.

FROM BURREL BOOM to Belize City-
Mitchell Pen, Wiltshire Place, Trinidad Farm, Van Tuy's Bank, Evans's Bank, Gabourel Bank, Hofius Mango Walk, Noguera Pine Ridge, Haul Over Ferry (Jewish Cemetery) then enter into the Haulover Creek, and a few small settlements like Chicago Slim Place.


Arenal. - Let us begin by describing where Arenal is located. - That area around the Mopan River is an area barren of SAND, ( ARENA, ) If you notice the Mopan River, you hardly see a Sandy Beach or a large deposit - BUT according to old residents of that area , like Don Quintin Zelaya Sr, it is claimed that sand was found there when concrete works were carried in Benque Viejo in old times. ( I invite my colleague Professor David Ruiz to throw some light on this. ).

ON the name GARBUTT Creek and GARBUTT Falls, there is a reference that he was a Mahogany Sub Contractor who worked in this area, in the early 1900s. John Garbutt, Esq. appears in a 1790s Spanish report as the 'Commissary' appointed by Supt. Marcus E. Despard to accompany the Spanish commissary Rafael Llobet in the inspection of the Settlement. There were 5 'white' Garbutts with 16 enslaved persons at that time. He claimed on lands along the Belize River.

Let me squeeze in MACAW BANK. My uncle Candelario de La Fuente, one of the original farmers of that area, once told me, that when he first visited the area, it was a large nesting place of the Macaw Parrot. and he told me that there are many indents ( small holes on the River Banks, where the nesting took place during their season.

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love these names!

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