Collection of Material relating to William Walker and his Conquest of Nicaragua

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Collection of Material relating to William Walker and his Conquest of Nicaragua
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Includes two eyewitness letters! San Juan del Sud was an important stop for steamers heading to and from California. It had a rather nasty reputation so William Walker, backed by wealthy American capitalists, raised a small army to take over the country. He had a lot of experience working in non-American lands. He was the first president of the the Republic of Lower California and the first President of the Republic of Sonora. He arrived in Nicaragua with the consent of the President of the county to defeat the extremist party based in Granada. After two battles: Rivas and Virgan Bay, he had defeated the Granadans, quickly took over the governmental buildings, declared himself as President, re-instituted slavery, and made English the official language. This was known as filibustering. President Pierce recognized this new government. His intentions were to make this Central American countries part of the United States. But he was not satisfied with taking over one country and started to take aim at others. He was defeated by a combined force of several other countries in 1860 and was executed in 1860 in the Honduras.

Lot of four. 1) Letter from George R Caston. Second paragraph is about Walker, "We had a fight a Virgin Bayon the 3 inst. in which we were victorious. 51 Americans and 120 natives whipped 550 Chimmonists under the Butcher Girardiola. Some reports say he was wounded but I doubt it. 2) Long two page legal sized letter. "A company of men left San Francisco In command of General Walker. The letter mentions that Walker's inferior forces lost two men and the enemy lost 60. There is a lot of other statistical and interesting content. 3) An article on January 27, 1857 about Walker and Nicaragua. Talks about those who tell a story of Walker's strong position and those who tell the story of young men throughout the country that "are greatly prejudiced against Walker and everyone who has interest in young men at heart will use all his influence to prevent them from being bullied by the lures held out for them under Walker. Nothing but the most abject misery and certain disappointment waits all who go there upon their arrival." 4) Colored map of Central America. c1863. 14 x 18". By Johnson & Ward. Edges are fragile and heavy folds. Map is very good. (Potter Collection)

Date: c1855 Location: San Juan del Sud, zNicaragua HWAC# 58370