10 September – On this day

The Battle of St. George’s Caye was a short military engagement that lasted from 3 to 10 September 1798, off the coast of what is now Belize. However, the name is typically reserved for the final battle that occurred on 10 September.

The Spaniards had previously attempted to expel the Settlers on six occasions, most recently in 1779. 10 September 1798 marked the final Spanish attempt to take over the area. The Spanish had some 35 small vessels and 2000 men against 13 small ships and 700 men. Today, the Battle of St. George’s Caye is a national public and bank holiday.

A replica of a sloop, one of the types of vessel that fought in the battle.
A replica of a sloop, one of the types of vessel that fought in the battle.