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Serapaqui. From Records of some of the ?Alarm’s? Officers. A short history of an Expedition up the River St. Juan de Nicaragua

OFFICERS OF HMS ALARM First and only edition. 8vo. Original light blue printed wrappers. Stapled pamphlet, typical browning and minor degeneration around the staples, otherwise very good. [1]-30 pp. Bexley Heath: Thomas Jenkins. In 1844 the British government established a protectorate over the Miskito Kingdom, a measure that aimed at gaining further influence and territory in Central America. It extended the Kingdom southward to the town of San Juan del Norte, at the mouth of the San Jaun River. This had been a Nicaraguan garrison and the Nicaraguans, unsurprisingly, felt a claim to it; so much so that Colonel Salas took his forces there, leaving with British prisoners. This scarce pamphlet provides a record of the British-Miksito response to the 'outrages' committed by Salas and his men. It is made up of the records and recollections of men from HMS Alarm, which along with the Vixen, was tasked with re-seizing San Juan del Norte and confronting the Nicaraguans at Serapaqui in February 1848. It contains accounts of the Battle of Serapaqui, the teenage Miskito King George Augustus Frederic II and the death of Consul Patrick Walker. It ends with an 'Ex-Midshipman's Lament' for the deceased Captain of the Alarm, G. G. Loch, which builds on the remarkable character attested to throughout the text: 'I was no credit to the service, and most Captains would have treated me accordingly, but he wanted to be friends.' OCLC locates just 2 copies (Cambridge and Harvard).