The work that helped promote the Poyaisian Fraud
By STRANGEWAYS, Thomas, 1822
Sketch of the Mosquito Shore, Including the Territory of Poyais descriptive of the country; with some information as to its productions, the best mode of cultures &c. Chiefly intended for the Use of Settlers.
- Author: STRANGEWAYS, Thomas
- Publication place: Edinburgh & London
- Publisher: Sold by William Blackwood, and T. Caddell, The Strand
- Publication date: 1822.
- Physical description: 4to (225 by 140mm) half-title, title page, , viii, -355, engraved frontispiece, folding map, folding plate in facsimile, some foxing and browning throughout, but generally a clean copy, original boards, rebacked with thick paper spine.
- Inventory reference: 12769
In 1822, in order to promote the fraud, the present work was published; supposedly written by a Captain Thomas Strangeways, a Captain in the 1st Native Poyer Regiment, it is undoubtedly the work of MacGregor himself. The book provides a great deal of information on the colony: the capital of St. Joseph had been founded by English settlers in the 1730s, there were untapped gold and silver mines, fertile soil, and other ample resources which settlers could profit from. The country had a civil service, a bank, an army, a democratic government, and natives eager to work for their British masters. All this of course was total fiction.
Rare we are only aware of only one example appearing at auction in the last sixty years. OCLC records nine institutional examples.