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[MACGREGOR, Gregor].

Two Poyaisian Land Grants

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London, 1834

These printed 'certificate for a special grant of ... land' in the 'Poyaisian Republic' were issued by the Scottish soldier and adventurer Gregor MacGregor (1786-1845) and bear his signature dated Edinburgh 5 April 1834. During the 1820s and 1830s MacGregor promoted the settlement of and investment in a fictional central American kingdom, the Poyaisian Republic, located on the Mosquito Coast of modern Honduras. In 1820 approximately 8 million acres of land had been granted to MacGregor by King George Frederick Augustus, King of the Mosquito Indians. Through pamphlets, land grants and share issues, this inhospitable territory, consisting largely of swampland and jungle, was promoted by MacGegor to British investors as a flourishing and developed kingdom replete with infrastructure, mineral wealth and a favourable climate. After the disastrous failure of a colonization attempt in 1823 by some two hundred settlers MacGregor was forced to flee to Paris, however he continued to

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1. Class I. No. [619] ... Grant of 30 acres ... 2. Class K. No. [274] ... Grant of 20 acres ... [London, 28th April 1834]. Certificates, printed on single sheets of paper. Folio (40.5 x 50cm) printed text in two columns in English and French, engraved arms at head of sheet (repeated on blank verso), each with manuscript signatures of Gregor MacGregor at foot and three trustees (dated London 28 April 1834), negligible wear along old folds, very good.


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