The split on Caye Caulker in the 70's
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The split on Caye Caulker in the 70's. i use to walk cross de!! History of the Split

Second and third photos by Bud Ritter, playing at the split Aug 1980.

Fourth photo taken August, 1980 by Michelle Ritter. Daisy Cartagena: "My sister Lilia, on the left, myself on the right and my friend/sister Michelle at the back!! The good ole' days!!"

There's quite a lot of erosion that has happened there since these photos were taken.

We had the best times at the split back then! Mangrove galore and so much fun and so manu scars. I always say we had the best childhood back in those days nothing compares. All we have are Memories... The best ones!

They used to have a mangrove tree that we would climb and jump off those were the good old days... Fun fun fun.

Those were the days... and the picado road to get there, an adventure of its own..

The "split" was a very narrow channel dredged in the early 70's to facilitate the boats (sailboats at that time) to be able to move from west to east side of the island and vice versa in case of strong northwesterly or southeasterly winds. At the time, there were mangroves on both sides and it was wide enough for a sailboat to pass through. At the time, the village was south of where Rainbow is now. When the mangroves were removed after tourism became prominent, erosion caused it to widen and deepen to what it is now.

In the first of 77, one could almost jump across the split.

The St Georges split was created by Hattie, between pieces of property (Maestre and Eyles) I believe.

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