Aerial photos of downtown San Pedro, 1959
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Aerial photos of downtown San Pedro, 1959

For LARGER versions of these photos, click below

  • Image 1 (top image) Southern end of the village of San Pedro Town
  • Image 2 (second image) Northern end of the village of San Pedro Town
  • Image 2 (third image) Northern end of the village of San Pedro Town with labels for many places

The top image is of the south end of the village, The boat shaped thing on the right is a kraal (protected swimming compound, really misnomered by the then British Honduranians - a kraal is really kind-of village place in Africa) The location is where the "Tackle Box" was. When Alan Foreman acquired it he used it as an aquarium with fish and sharks, etc. for the few tourists that were trickling in. Be that as it may and then the last building to the left is the first theatre that Jim Blake had on the island. It is where the Sun Breeze is now. The cocal to the left is Esmeralda cocal which was given to Jim Blake by Papa Blake when he married Martha Hofman of the Hofius dynasty in Belize City. The boat hauled up on the beach seems to be a boat named the "Gitana" owned by Jack Foreman, Allan Foreman's father. The house behind the boat is Arcelia Grief's property.

The second photo down is of the northern end of the village, and the third image shows this northern side photo with labels for many places. NOTE: The labelling was done in about 1998, so some of the descriptions reflect the island as it was then. For example it shows where Blake House is, and says "Now the Barrier Reef Hotel," which it was in 1998!

The photographs were taken in a fly by with a high quality lens, shot on slides, resulting in very high resolution images. There are about 6-7 photos, but these are the only two of the village. The rest are of the reef and random places on the island.

Ambergris Today just recently did an update on this idea, with the same photos. They did a more complete job than i did in 1998. Click here for that article.

There is another update by the Ambergris Today done in July 2015, click here for that story.

Photographs courtesy Neil Fraser

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