Baron Bliss

Belize is a land of unsung heroes. Even though the history books and much of western civilization may not bring much attention to their leaders. If you will explore Belize you will find out about the people who help shape their unique and diverse culture.

One of them well worth noting is Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, 4th Baron Bliss, commonly known as Baron Bliss (16 February 1869 – 9 March 1926). What is a very interesting fact about Baron Bliss is that he is actually a foreigner. He was born in Portugal, but he lived in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England.

He fell in love with Belize after spending some time traveling the Caribbean islands. He is best known by what he gave the Belize people. His story is very inspiring because he actually never set foot on Belize soil while he was living.

It was believed that he suffered from polio and was confined to being in a wheel chair. He and his wife lived right off the coast of Belize in his yacht. This is where they decided to settle until his death. He rewrote his will and testament then he left a sum of 1.8 million Belize dollars.

During this time period that was a very generous sum of money. The Baron left very specific instructions on what and how the money could be spent. He even requested that no Americans were allowed to be a Trustee on the Board of Directors for the Baron Bliss Trust, nor shall any American be in the employ of any Trustee. There is no explanation of why he did this. Never the less he is a great example of generosity and liberality that we could admire and learn from.

This why in Belize every 9th of March or to create the nearest convenient long weekend that is set by the Government. That day is held as a national and bank holiday that is held in honor of Baron Bliss the hero and benefactor.

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