William Walker and the Nicaraguan filibuster war of 1855-1857

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
John C. Ellis (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Franklin Parker

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to show how William Walker was toppled from power after initially being so successful in Nicaragua. Walker's attempt at seizing Nicaragua from 1855 to 1857 caused international consternation not only throughout Central America but also in the capitals of Washington and London. Within four months of entering Nicaragua with only fifty-seven followers. Walker had brought Nicaragua under his domination. In July, 1856 Walker had himself inaugurated as President of Nicaragua. However, Walker's amazing career in Nicaragua was to last only briefly, as the opposition of the Legitimists in Nicaragua coupled with the efforts of the other Central American nations removed Walker from power. Walker's ability as a military commander in the use of military strategy and tactics did not shine forth like his ability to guide and lead men. Walker did not learn from his mistakes. He attempted to use the same military tactics over and over, especially in attempts to storm towns which if properly defended were practically impregnable fortresses. Walker furthermore abandoned without a fight several strong defensive positions which could have been used to prevent or deter the Allied offensives.

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Language: English
Date: 1973

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