Finish of Pitpan Race, British Honduras early 1900's
A little Belizean history - The founders of Belize - These are the surnames recorded in General Return of the Inhabitance in the Bay of Honduras, Free People of every description and Slaves - returned 22 October, 1790: According to our source, Belizean Families (Genealogy and Family History) some names may have been omitted since the research was missing 1 page.
"Anderson, Askew, Baldwin, Banner, Bartlet, Barrett, Barry, Bath, Belisle, Bennett, Bird, Blandford, Blanchard, Blinshal, Blyth, Bode, Bourke, Bowling, Brohier, Briton, Bromwell, Brooks, Brown, Broster, Bull, Burncau, Burrell, Cabot, Cadle, Campbell, Card, Carman, Carter, Catto, Chaplain, Clapper, Clark, Collins, Costen, Courtnay, Cox, Crawford, Croft, Cunningham, Cushing, Dalton, Daniels, Davis, Dawson, Dennis, Dingaderry, Dodd, Doherty, Douglas, Duberdu, Duncan, Ellis, English, Ermond, Evans, Eyre, Ferguson, Fitzgibbon, Foster, Fowler, Freeman, Frost, Fulton, Gabourel, Gale, Gapper, Garbutt, Garnett, Gibson, Gladding, Goff, Glover, Gordon, Grant, Green, Hammond, Harris, Harrison, Harvey, Hawkins, Haylock, Henry, Hensley, Hercules, Hewlett, Hickey, Hicks, Hill, Hodge, Hodskinson, Holmes, Horn, Hubbuck, Humes, Hughes, Humphreys, Hutson, Hyde, Inness, Jackson, Jennings, Jones, Keef, Keith, Keir, Kelly, Kendal, Kenny, Kerr, Lamb, Laurie, Lawless, Lawson, Leary, Legge, Locke, Longsworth, Jeffreys, Mackay, Manuel, Maskall, Massey, Matterson, Mauger, Maurechaw, McAulay, McGillirray, McIlhany, McKenny, McKenzie, McVie, Meighan, Millar, Moodie, Moore, Mordon, Morgan, Murray, Myvett, Neal, Nelson, Nicolson, O'Brian, Old, Ortiz, Park, Parker, Parsons, Paslow, Patnett, Paterson, Perry, Perryman, Pervost, Pinder, Potts, Power, Price, Rabone (Rhaburn), Randall, Remington, Robertson, Robinson, Russell, Savery, Scott, Seddon, Shears, Sharp, Shaw, Shipton, Shively, Slusher, Smith, Snelling, Somervill, Spencer, Stan, Stewart, Sutherland, Swasey, Tatum, Taylor, Tedder, Thomson, Tinkam,Tillett, Todd, Townson, Trapp, Tucker, Tyler, Tyson, Usher, Valentine, Vernon, Wagner, Waldson, Walker, Wall, Wallis, Weatherly, White, Wickery, Williams, Wilson, Winter, Woodberry, Wormell, Yarborough, Young".
Isn't it interesting how many of these names have disappeared from our population; but are immortalized through the names of places, streets and structures in our country? Any Eyres, Hutsons, Glovers, Hicks, Kendals, McIlhanys, Yarboroughs, or Paslows, Gillets, Rowlands around that you know of? I don't know any; but I am quite familiar with those names because they have survived through land tenure.
When we had the Annual River Regatta, or maybe I should say the
Annual Creek Regatta. It was a test of pure adrenalin and determination. The race started at the Belcan bridge and ended at the Swing Bridge a little less than a mile. The photo depicts the ending of this historic race at the Swing Bridge. I believe we had the pitpan races up to the late seventies. It would be nice to conduct the pitpan races once again, but this time from the Chetumal Bridge to Swing Bridge a mere 2.5 miles. It would be a test of teamwork and stamina. "One! One! One! One!"