The anniversary of the battle has been declared a national holiday in Belize and is celebrated to commemorate the "first Belizeans" and the defence of their territory.
In the early 19th century, the British sought to reform the settlers, threatening to suspend the Public Meeting unless it observed the government's instructions to eliminate slavery outright.
After a generation of wrangling, slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1833.
The delay in government oversight allowed the settlers to establish their own laws and forms of government.
This period was also marked by Spain and Britain both laying claim to the land until Britain defeated the Spanish in the Battle of St. It became a British colony in 1840, known as British Honduras, and a Crown colony in 1862.