Friday, February 25, 2011

"Belizean Betty" Friday - Pirates of the Caribbean

Betty is playing "Pirates of the Caribbean"  this week, but I am not sure if she understands why she needs to wear a patch on one eye.  She does make a really cute pirate.

Belize was named after a pirate.  Around 1638, Peter Wallace, a notorious Scottish Buccaneer was governor of Tortuga.  Wallace was driven out of office by the Spanish and then settled just outside of what today is known as Belize City. 

According to legend, the country of Belize, as well as the Belize River, were named after Peter Wallace, whose name was also spelled Willis in some documents.  The Spaniards called it Walis, which went through several variations and finally ended up as Belize.

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