Rare Belize Item
Tratado de Limites Entre Los Estados-Unidos Mexicanos y Honduras Britanica…
- Publication place: Mexico
- Publication date: 1897.
- Physical description: Small Quarto (215 by 150mm) 130pp., folding map, half red cloth over black marbled paper boards.
- Inventory reference: 2688
The border between Mexico and Belize was difficult to explore because of its remote location, specifically for the Mexican territory. Because of the region’s sparse population, the British colony of British Honduras, now Belize, was able to occupy the region. However, Mexico did not recognize British possession of the territory until the late nineteenth century. The Mexican government wanted to diminish, and eventually end, arms smuggling from Belizean Maya supplied by rebels during the Caste War, which prolonged the situation. As a result, the government of Porfirio Diaz created a Federal Territory which had previously belonged to the State of Yucatan. They later formed the Territory of Quintana Roo and decided to negotiate with the British government to finally fix the common border. They agreed to recognize British governance for the territory in return for Britain’s promise to refrain from arming the Maya. With respect to these intentions, Mexico appointed Ignacio Mariscal, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, as Minister Plenipotentiary and the United Kingdom appointed Sir Spenser St. John to its Minister Plenipotentiary in Mexico for negotiations.