An All-American Terrorist 1854

On January 18, 1854, North American William Walker (1824-1860) declared the new “Republic of Sonora” in that sovereign territory of Mexico.  Not troubled by morality or legality, despite being a lawyer (or maybe because of it), Walker’s aim was to establish colonies in Latin America that would be incorporated into the US as slave states.  Needless to say, this concept did not go over well with the Mexican government, and Walker was forced to retreat.  Back in California, he was put on trial for conducting an illegal war.  But this was the expansionist era of Manifest Destiny, and the jury acquitted him in eight minutes.  He later invaded Nicaragua and caused more grief.  Stay tuned!

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