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   AUGUST 2018 


Celebrating Belizean every month.


Hon. Albert Edward Cattouse, born on August 12th, 1892, he was a Legislator, Merchant, Minister of Local Government, Social Welfare and Cooperative. He was the Minister of Public Works, Power and Communications and was the Deputy Leader in the People United Party (PUP). His early education was at Wesley Primary School and St. John’s Berchman College. 





Did you know that 1st of August is celebrated as Emancipation Day?


August 1st is celebrated in most former British colonies in the Caribbean and North America in observance of the emancipation of slaves in 1834. Here in Belize it was until 1838 for emancipation to occur.



Some books on slavery at the National Heritage Library:

  • A history of slavery and emancipation in Belize          by ISCR
  • Slavery in Belize                   by Nigel Bolland
  • A history of Belize in 13 chapters                                 by Dr. Assad Shoman
  • Slavery in Belize: a family affair                                      by Emory King
  • Becoming Belize: a history of an outpost of empire searching for identity, 1528-1823          by Mavis C. Campbell
  • Correspondence: Relative to Slaves at Honduras 1820-1823. See images on the right:









Books by Belizeans or about Belize (A-E)


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