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by David Sinclair

eBook Sir Gregor MacGregor and the Land That Never Was : The Extraordinary Story of the Most Audacious Fraud in History ePub
Author: David Sinclair
Language: English
ISBN: 0755310802
ISBN13: 978-0755310807
Publisher: Gardners Books (February 29, 2004)
Pages: 384
Category: Americas
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 328
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David Sinclair's book is an immensely readable acocunt of how so many were drawn into the lure of this lush . Story of a 19th century Scots fraudster, Gregor MacGregor and his scheme to make a fortune selling land in a non existent country in central America.

Despite earlier lessons of the South Sea bubble and the similar Mississippi bubble, people of the 1820's were willing to believe the promises and made the trip to the land on the Caribbean side Central America. With often disastorous consequesnces.

Sir Gregor MacGregor. Who was this eccentric, scurrilous man? And why is he such a lovable rogue?. 1) I love history books

Sir Gregor MacGregor. 1) I love history books. This was too light for my taste and I often wished the author would expand on interesting points that he hit upon during the narrative that were tangential to MacGregor's story. That's not the kind of book this is, though. 2) Way too many assumptions and gaps in knowledge. I don't want to read "You'd have to assume" any more. 3) Because of the lack of documentation, the book didn't spend as much time on Poyais as I expected it to.

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In The Land that Never Was: Sir Gregor MacGregor and the Most Audacious Fraud in History (Da Capo Press), David Sinclair has told an extraordinary tale about an amusing, and deadly, hoax; it is a rattling good book of history and human folly. MacGregor was the Scottish son of a merchant family, who had an undistinguished spell in the British Army. The most distinguishing thing he did was to become obsessed with uniforms, niceness of rank, and honorary badges. He served in the Venezuelan army, and had some success, and some claims to heroism, but also took every chance to puff those claims

The Extraordinary Story Of The Most Audacious Fraud In History Author: David Sinclair Hardcover With Dust .

The Extraordinary Story Of The Most Audacious Fraud In History Author: David Sinclair Hardcover With Dust Cover Like New Condition. This remarkable book tells, for the first time, the story of one of the greatest frauds in history - a story as colourful and bizarre as the man who masterminded it. Once upon a time, in the heart of Central America, there was a country called Poyais.

His previous book The Pound: A Biography was a bestseller in hardback and was nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2000. Country of Publication. Biographies & Autobiographies.

Written by. David Sinclair. add. Separate tags with commas, spaces are allowed.

A month later they landed on the swamp-infested Mosquito Coast and were forced to realise that they had been the victims of one of the most elaborate hoaxes in history. The land they had been sold was non-existent; the banknotes and guidebooks they carried with them were forgeries; their documents were worthless. Poyais was a fiction.

The dazzling and very funny story of one of the greatest hoaxes in history-a story as colorful and bizarre as the mastermind behind it. Once upon a time, in the heart of Central America, there was a country named Poyais. It was exceptionally rich in natural resources, civilization, and culture and was ruled by the brave and enlightened Scottish soldier, Sir Gregor MacGregor, who became its ruler after his heroic exploits in the fight for South American independence.

Sir Gregor MacGregor and the Most Audacious Fraud in History. Two months later the ship landed on the swamp-infested Mosquito Coast and the settlers realized that they had become the victims of one of the most elaborate hoaxes in history

Sir Gregor MacGregor and the Most Audacious Fraud in History. Two months later the ship landed on the swamp-infested Mosquito Coast and the settlers realized that they had become the victims of one of the most elaborate hoaxes in history. The land they had been sold was nonexistent, the banknotes and guidebooks they carried with them were forgeries, their documents were worthless. The man responsible? Sir Gregor MacGregor. Who was this eccentric, scurrilous man? And why is he such a loveable rogue? Chapter 1 THE PROMISED LAND.

On a cold January morning in 1823, a group of Scottish immigrants set sail from the port of Leith. They were headed for the nation of Poyais in Central America where, they were told, they would find rich and fertile soils, a balmy climate and beautiful, civilised cities. A month later they landed on the swamp-infested Mosquito Coast and were forced to realise that they had been the victims of one of the most elaborate hoaxes in history. The land they had been sold was non-existent; the banknotes and guidebooks they carried with them were forgeries; their documents were worthless. Poyais was a fiction. The man responsible was General Sir Gregor MacGregor, 'The Prince of Poyais', a flamboyant and charismatic character who had fought as a mercenary in Simon Bolivar's army. On his return to Britain he reinvented himself and was welcomed into society. But who was this man who had succeeded in making himself a fortune and luring so many people away from their families to face a dangerous and uncertain future?
Rgia
A captivating story, well told!
lacki
wonderful book fact or fiction hard to believe.
However arrived a little bashed in the corner
Billy Granson
In “The Land That Never Was: Sir Gregor MacGregor And The Most Audacious Fraud In History," David Sinclair looks at one of the great con jobs of all time. Gregor MacGregor won same fame as a minor military figure and adventurer in the New World after Napoleon’s fall. From there, MacGregor conned hundreds of English and Scottish settlers to invest their life savings to buy land on the Mosquito Coast, claiming he led a utopian like nation. Sinclair shows how MacGregor pulled off his con and, with a few minor problems, essentially got away with it. Sinclair is a sharp writer about money and offers a solid biographical account of MacGregor. Still, there are points when Sinclair relies on large chunks of primary source material. That works to some extent, especially when the focus is on MacGregor’s victims. There are lessons to be learned from the strange career of Gregor MacGregor and Sinclair offers a readable and valuable account of it. Recommended.
Todal
This book is an account of one of the more audacious, and weirder, frauds in history. A Scottish guy named Gregor MacGregor knighted himself, and then essentially made up a country called Poyais in Central America, complete with settlers who were British. He endowed it with a capitol city, a wonderful climate, incredibly fertile farmland, docile natives willing and happy to work for next to nothing, and a stable government and society--there was even an opera house! He then announced to the gullible public that he'd been appointed "Cazique" by the local King--sort of a Royal Governor. With this title, he was entitled to sell off offices in the country, and he was also empowered to sell real estate in the country. If you can believe this, no one saw through the whole thing and exposed it for the fraud it was, and a large number of people bought property, offices, and so forth, and actually travelled to Central America in order to live in this country, which had never existed. Many of them died stranded on the coastline, and those who managed eventually to return to England incredibly didn't blame "Sir" Gregor, amazingly focusing on others he'd duped into serving as his salespeople! He spent much of the rest of his life selling this stuff off, with no intention or ability to make any of the purchases good, ever.

This is an interesting footnote to Latin American history, and also to British history. The guy was a fascinating character, fraudulent, wily, and apparently without a qualm about the lives he destroyed. At times you just have to shake your head in astonishment at his audacity.
Castiel
In “The Land That Never Was: Sir Gregor MacGregor And The Most Audacious Fraud In History," David Sinclair looks at one of the great con jobs of all time. Gregor MacGregor won same fame as a minor military figure and adventurer in the New World after Napoleon’s fall. From there, MacGregor conned hundreds of English and Scottish settlers to invest their life savings to buy land on the Mosquito Coast, claiming he led a utopian like nation. Sinclair shows how MacGregor pulled off his con and, with a few minor problems, essentially got away with it. Sinclair is a sharp writer about money and offers a solid biographical account of MacGregor. Still, there are points when Sinclair relies on large chunks of primary source material. That works to some extent, especially when the focus is on MacGregor’s victims. There are lessons to be learned from the strange career of Gregor MacGregor and Sinclair offers a readable and valuable account of it. Recommended.
nailer
The land of Poyais was one of those eighteenth/nineteenth century land bubbles which burst with massive loss to a number of people. In this case the poor settlers who were drawn to the salubrious conditions promised by the purported Cazique of this country, Gregor MacGregor.

David Sinclair's book is an immensely readable acocunt of how so many were drawn into the lure of this lush new land where property was cheap and fertile, labour was easily available, and all but flowing milk and honey seemed to be promised. Despite earlier lessons of the South Sea bubble and the similar Mississippi bubble, people of the 1820's were willing to believe the promises and made the trip to the land on the Caribbean side Central America. With often disastorous consequesnces.

What I loved best about this book is that Sinclair takes time to really put the issue into context of the time. How Macgregor managed to convince the rich and noble in London of his claims, how he managed to get so many settlers to make the trip there. Even the launching of the boat delayed during extraodinary storms, is put in context.

Sinclairs book is well written and well researched. I am surprised that this book has not acheived the popularity of others. It is a great subject, well written and clearly well researched. It is a good easy page turning read with enough excitement and comic touches to keep amused - usually the snobbery of the Cazique - and the ability of society in London to be fooled by anyone in fancy clothes and a title.

It would be of great interest to those who enjoy Regency and georgian historical period, it is whole new aspect of this period I don't think many will have read about before.

If you enjoy reading books by Giles Milton, Deborah Cadbury or small histories you should give this a try.
Ffan
Story of a 19th century Scots fraudster, Gregor MacGregor and his scheme to make a fortune selling land in a non existent country in central America. The tale is an interesting one covering the MacGregors exploits in the Americas (where he fought alongside Miranda and Bolivar) and Europe as well as in Britain. Ultimately MacGregor is presented as being a deluded fantasist rather than an outright conman but more judicious editing (especially of the independence campaigns MacGregor actually fought in) with a greater use of footnotes might make it both more useful to historians and efficient to read. Such editing would make it ***
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