British Honduras: Promise of Self-Government


Back when the U.N. first began making small nations feel big, Guatemala's Ambassador to the Court of St. James's barged in on then British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin. British Honduras, proclaimed the ambassador, belonged to neighboring Guatemala and must be handed over instantly. Bevin heard the fellow out, then leaned over, tapped him on the knee, and cut him down to size with a single question: "What did you say you called your country?"

Bevin's one-upmanship won that round, but the Guatemalans have never given up. Little does it matter to them that Guatemala never once held the...

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