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With The Minister of Health, Pablo Marn, and members of the Mayor de Corozal in the beautiful mural in the history of that district.
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Beautiful Belize Historical mural in the Corozal Town Council

Most of the pictures in the mural depict historical settings in the North but some are general, like George Price.

The painting was done by Manuel Villamor Reyes who is a Belizean living in Mexico.

This mural reflects the history of Northern Belize. For the Yucatec Maya of Belize also known as "Maya ,Masewal,Maya Mestizo,Maya Masewal or Mayero" this mural is very important because it shows part of our struggle and resistance. From our ancestors like Nachan Can to the struggle of our grand parents during the Caste War. To the change of Maya rebels becoming Cane farmers after the war. Today the Maya of Northern Belize want to say thank you Nojoch Mak Manuel Villamor, your art will be in our hearts and live for our future generation to see. Yuum bo'otik

A Snippet of the Caste War of the Yucatan

"The Caste War of Yucatn (18471901) began with the revolt of Native Maya people of the Yucatn Peninsula against Hispanic (White) populations. The latter had long held political and economic control of the region. A lengthy war ensued between the Hispanic forces in the northwest of the Yucatn and the independent Maya Yucatec in the southeast. There was regular raiding between them.

Those Maya Yucatec who joined the Hispanics were given the title of "Hidalgos" or "Mestizos" with the promises of better treatment. While those Maya Yucatec who continued to fight for their territory called themselves "Masewal".

We must mention that some people of mix Maya heritage which some might call "Mestizos" like Jose Maria Barrera and Bonifacio Novelo joined the Masewal army. They became Masewal and supported the struggle of the Indigenous people. While the Hispanics (White) called them traitors, but for the Hispanic people, they forgot they were from Maya ancestry also. The Maya Yucatec (Masewal) also wage war against the British and even for around 1,000 confederate Soldiers of the USA who came to fight against them.

The term Caste war (Guerra de Castas) was given by the Hispanics to make people feel that the Maya wanted to kill anyone who was not pure Maya. Today we know that the Maya Masewal army included pure Maya and mix Maya who were figthing for their freedom.

People of mix Maya heritage like Jose Maria Barrera ,Tatich Bonifacio Novelo and General Juan Baustista Vega fought on the Maya Masewal side for freedom. They understood the cruelty of colonialism. 300 years of oppression, discrimination and more by the Hispanics against the Maya, fueled the Maya rebellion in 1847 which many today called The Caste War. The Maya Yucatec or Masewal call the event Maya Social War or Maya Liberation".

The Caste war of Yucatan by Nelson Reed
Los Elegidos de Dios por Alfonso Villa Rojas
Indian Christ, Indian King by Victoria Bricker
Becoming Maya by Gabbert Wolfgang

Photograph courtesy U.S. Embassy Belize

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