Crossing the river in a short body Land Rover... barely, Toledo 1980
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It is saddening to reflect that no great ancient races inhabited these lovely Isles, that no great man ever lived, and laboured, and worked, and fought, and died, and left a name for posterity to honour and to cherish as a ‘household word’; that no time-honoured tower or world-famed temple, or pilgrim haunted shrine ever stood on yonder cape—in short, that the past is all a blank.
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Crossing the river in a short body Land Rover... barely, Toledo 1980

We used to see these land rovers all over Toledo when the British army were stationed here. They would be packed with radio communications gear. If you look good, you can see a whip antennae in the back.

We lived there during the 70’s and there were lots of land rovers, lots of British Soldiers, it was British Honduras, but we were beginning to call it Belize. My boys wore shorts, shirts and sandals to school. I have since learned that they, most of the time, hid their shoes on the way to school so they wouldn’t be too overdressed! The roads looked like this picture. Usually impossible to get to Belize City during rainy season, Big Falls was usually always flooded. I got my driver's license using one of these short body land rovers, right-hand drive, under the supervision of a British Sgt.

That's the way we dressed as children. Short pants no shoes.

Karen Lake Diaz: We came to Belize in 1976. Our dad picked up one of these short wheel-based Land Rovers from an army surplus (read “junk”). Mom made some cushions for the metal fold down benches in the rear, my sisters painted racing stripes on the sides. Most weekends we went exploring the countryside. It was wonderful. Tried to Crooked Tree on the Northern Hwy before it was paved. Complete washboard. My teeth and back hurt for about a week!

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