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date: 20 October 2020

Martinez, (Simon) Sam locked

  • Louise Roger


a member of the British Honduras Forestry Unit (BHFU) in Scotland during World War II, was born on 18 February 1910 in Punta Gorda Belize then known as British Honduras The sixth of eleven children born to Francisco and Estephana Martinez his birth name was Simon James Peter but he was commonly known as Sam He lived his early years in the village of Barranco ten miles south of Punta Gorda where the language and culture of the Garifuna who were originally from the island of St Vincent and of mixed African and indigenous Caribbean descent was still prevalent His parents worked on banana plantations and Martinez remembered the material poverty of his family and most of the local population It is not clear why or when the family moved to Belize City but Martinez went to a Baptist school there following a curriculum promoting loyalty to the British ...

A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.

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