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Tuesday, December 6 • 10:15am - 10:35am
Choose Your Friends Wisely: Filibuster William Walker's Fall From Power

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In the mid-19th century, spurred on by the ideals of Manifest Destiny, American filibusterers looked to Central America for US expansion. Southern Democrats looking for territories in which to expand slavery funded filibuster campaigns and lobbied for annexation of Caribbean and Central American territories. The most renowned of the filibusters, William Walker, invaded Central America with a small military force to attempt a takeover of the government. He succeeded in becoming the president of Nicaragua, and served from July 12, 1856 to May 1, 1857. The bulk of his financial and material support for his endeavor came from pro-slavery expansionists. Though previously known as an abolitionist, Walker allowed these investors and their money to convince him to legalize slavery in Nicaragua. With that decision he lost the support of the Northern states and the United States Government. This research examines government documents, Walker’s correspondence, and both Northern and Southern US newspaper articles to show how Walker’s acquiescence to Pierre Soule, Jane Cazneau, and other pro-slavery expansionists led to the failure of his mission.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:15am - 10:35am
014 Whiteside Hall