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The rise and fall of George Frederic Augustus II: the Central American, Caribbean, and Atlantic life of a Miskitu King, 1805–1824


Clavel, Damian (2022). The rise and fall of George Frederic Augustus II: the Central American, Caribbean, and Atlantic life of a Miskitu King, 1805–1824. Business History Review, 96(3):525-558.

Abstract

Retracing closely the events of the life of George Frederic, king of the Miskitu (in present-day Honduras and Nicaragua) between 1816 and 1824, this article describes how this Miskitu actor sought to set up, by hiring British agents, the concrete realization of a Central American commercial and political independence project—understood here as a utopia. Although his project ended in failure, the actions of this little-known Miskitu king had repercussions in the Caribbean and beyond, even in the heart of the City of London. Concentrating on a marginal actor seldom considered by historians reveals how particular American Indigenous peoples sought to actively position themselves in the important commercial and political transformations affecting the Atlantic World in the first decades of the nineteenth century.

Abstract

Retracing closely the events of the life of George Frederic, king of the Miskitu (in present-day Honduras and Nicaragua) between 1816 and 1824, this article describes how this Miskitu actor sought to set up, by hiring British agents, the concrete realization of a Central American commercial and political independence project—understood here as a utopia. Although his project ended in failure, the actions of this little-known Miskitu king had repercussions in the Caribbean and beyond, even in the heart of the City of London. Concentrating on a marginal actor seldom considered by historians reveals how particular American Indigenous peoples sought to actively position themselves in the important commercial and political transformations affecting the Atlantic World in the first decades of the nineteenth century.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of History
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Business and International Management
Social Sciences & Humanities > Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
Social Sciences & Humanities > History
Uncontrolled Keywords:History, Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous), Business and International Management
Language:English
Date:2022
Deposited On:06 Dec 2022 10:22
Last Modified:27 Jun 2024 01:42
Publisher:Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration
ISSN:0007-6805
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s0007680522000575
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)