Aerial view of San Ignacio, Santa Elena, and surrounding area, taken in the 1980's
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Aerial view of San Ignacio, Santa Elena, and surrounding area, taken in the 1980's

The following aerial photograph gives a description of why this Municipality was named, THE TWIN TOWNS OF SAN IGNACIO and SANTA ELENA.

On the right of this picture is, the Town of San Ignacio, and on the left is what was named the village of Santa Elena.

These two communities are divided by the MACAL RIVER which flows from the Maya Mountains above.

These two communities were founded simultaneously in the mid 1800's.

Santa Elena as a Rancho, named Santa Elena, by its owner Don Agapito Requena, and San Ignacio as a logging camp. ( Baccadier )

In 1904, San Ignacio was declared a Town, while Santa Elena remained as an adjoining community.

In 1961, Santa Elena was elevated to the status of a Town, during my tenure as Mayor.

TODAY, THESE TWO TOWNS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO CITY STATUS. Their combined population is second to Belize City. ( This picture was taken over 30 years ago )

Photograph courtesy Hector Silva

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