Last modified: 2022-08-19 by rob raeside
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image by Nozomi Kariyasu, 24 July 2022
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Santo Tomás de Castilla, officially known as Mátías de Gálvez, is a port city in the Izabal Department, Guatemala. It is administratively a part of Puerto Barrios.
In 1843 Belgians settled at the mouth of the Dulce River in eastern Guatemala
(now Izabal Department) at the behest of King Leopold I of Belgium, establishing
Belgian Santo Tomas. A blue, white, and blue horizontal bi-color flag with a
beehive in the center was used. Eleven years later, a pandemic such as malaria
caused the colony to withdraw.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 24 July 2022