On September 8, 2016 Chairman Searle lead the team of historians that presented at the Belize History Association Lecture entitled " Spanish Reports on the Battle of 1798: Preliminary Findings" on September 7th in Belize City and Belmopan. The team has been working for the past two years on translating the documents that were found in the archives in Seville, Spain. The archival documents were written in old Spanish and had to be translated to modern Spanish. The team of historians that have been working on the translations include staff from NICH, UB and two universities in Mexico.
The preliminary translations reveal the events surrounding the 1798 Battle are primarily the same as those revealed in the British reports, but there are more details about the planning and the movements of the Spanish fleet which provide additional information on why the early settlers in the British Settlement in the Bay of Honduras were victorious against such great odds.
While the Spanish had good details about the fortifications of the settlement, including the forts located at Haulover - now Belize River Mouth - they had to overcome many other obstacles.
If you missed the lecture by the Belize History Association be sure to attend the 9th Annual Remembrance Ceremony at 11am on September at the Historic Cemetery on St George's Caye where some of the important findings will be presented!