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Hodgson Narrative

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS ADD 191
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Hodgson Narrative
Date(s): [1757]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Hodgson | Robert | fl 1740-1759 | Commander-in-Chief of the Mosquito Shore
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Administrative/Biographical history:

The Mosquito (Miskito) Coast (Costa de Mosquitos; Mosquito Kingdom; Mosquitia) is the region of Nicaragua and Honduras on the Atlantic coast, a lowland band c40 miles wide and c225 miles long. It was visited by Columbus in 1502, but Europeans had little contact with the area until the 17th century, when England established a protectorate over the Miskito Indians (1661). Spain, Nicaragua and the United States disputed this claim until the matter was finally settled by the occupation of the Mosquito Coast by the Nicaraguan government and by the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty of 1850 between the USA and Great Britain.

Robert Hodgson senior was British superintendent of the Mosquito Coast between 1740 and 1759.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript narrative comprising an account of the Mosquito Shore [Honduras/Nicaragua].

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Archival Information

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Found in Gordon Square History Library, London.

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Publication note:

Later published as Some account of the mosquito territory, contained in a memoir written in 1757... (London, 1822).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica online; Michael D Olien, 'General, Governor and Admiral: three Miskito lines of succession' (published in Ethnohistory, 45(2) (1998), pp 277-318), and 'Imperialism, ethnogenesis and marginality: ethnicity and politics on the Mosquito Coast' (published in The Journal of Ethnic Studies, 16(1) (1988), pp 1-29) (web versions); (Nicaragua).

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Date(s) of descriptions:
1999, revised Aug 2001

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