Latin America: Britain by the Bay

On most maps, the name is British Honduras (capital: Belize). Latin American cartographers call it Belice, territorio en disputa. In its hazy history it has been the haunt first of pirates preying on the Spanish Main, later of rumrunners, sometimes of German submarines. On the swampy, 17 4-mile shore live 63,000 Negroes and Indians, a handful of whites. Back of the capital, greasy rivers reach under forests of cedar, mahogany and chicle-bearing sapodilla to Peten, wildest part of Guatemala.

Soon, at London's request, the new International Court of Justice will review Guatemala's old claim that British Honduras is hers. Most citizens do...

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