The Untold Truth About Poyais: A Dead Land Sold as a Mystical Paradise

The desperate man who sold a dead land as a retirement paradise

General Gregor MacGregor (L) — Engraving from “Sketch of the Mosquito Shore”, a representation of Territory of Poyais (R). Images by Wikimedia

In late 1822, hundreds of eager settlers sailed for a paradise, Poyais, to live out the rest of their lives. The settlers were mainly Scottish people, most of them being older men and women. To the people’s knowledge, Poyais was an amazing…

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