The Prince Of A Fictional Country

Need to make some extra money? Why not try tricking people into thinking you are a prince of a fictional country? That is what a Scottish con artist by the name of Gregor MacGregor did in the early 1820s. The former military officer claimed to have been made the ruler of a complete fictional Central American nation called Poyais.

ancients-bg.com

Macgregor surfaced in London in around 1821 and started to spread stories of a new lush paradise called Poyais. On the Caribbean coastline a place of untapped wealth: a way for everyone to start a new life. It had gold and streams and rolling hills: beauty. All the farmland was fertile and the locals? They were friendly and hardworking people. There was only one problem, this land did not exist at all.

It was all a clever money making scheme by Macgregor! He had forged all the official documents he needed to make it seems real and even had a full-length guidebook. This way he was able to sell fake Poyais bonds, land certificates, and even a settlement scheme.The latter was a complete disaster which caused the death of over 150 people.

You see Macgregor was not a brilliant mastermind – but he had the skill to promote himself and convince people. He was able to convince a native Indian king to grant him some 8 million acres of territory along Central America’s Mosquito Coast: a complete undeveloped dangerous jungle. But Macgregor reinvented into the lush land called Poyais. He marketed himself as a Prince looking for investment – and quickly found himself in London’s circle of aristocrats. He even started printing Poyais dollars and let people convert all their lives savings!

Even when the first settlement went out there – finding nothing & being nearly entirely wiped out by tropical disease, even when he was still not brought to justice! He was finally jailed in 1825 for fraud but was acquitted due to lack of evidence, he even resurfaced in 1827 sold more bogus land bonds to the region of £800,000 and retired to Venezuela… having never been found guilty of a single crime.

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • The Wallet Lost In A Plane Crashed Returned 30 Years Later

    Walking up high in the Andes, crossing over glaciers, would not be the sort of place you might find a lost wallet. Climbing up with the air thinning, Ricardo Pena saw some blue material frozen in the ice. It was a jacker, he quickly pulled it out of the snow and saw a wallet tumbled...

    Read More
  • The World’s Biggest Cave Could Fit A Skyscraper

    If you ever get a chance to visit Vietnam, make sure to plan a visit to the Son Doong Cave: the world’s biggest cave. Located near Laos to Vietnam border the Hang Son Doong even has a free-flowing internal subterranean river. In Vietnamese, if you translate the name then you would be left with “cave...

    Read More
  • Brain Scan Shows That Dogs Really Are Man’s Best Friend

    Humans and dogs have lived together for over 30,000 years, so it is only natural that they became best buddies. At least that is what most people refer to dogs as man’s best friend. Over the years we can definitely confirm that dogs have become more popular and even more beloved. In the United States,...

    Read More
  • Renaissance Books That Will Actually Kill You

    Reading is good for you, that is what your parents and the school has always taught you. There are, however, some books in the world that you will want to avoid at all costs. Recently some Renaissance manuscripts were discovered in a school library that was poisonous. In fact, you could die just by reading...

    Read More
  • Free Public Parking For Life With An Electric Car

    When it comes to being environmentally friendly and respecting pollution emission targets, no countries do it better than Scandinavians. Possibly it is their deep heritage and culture of being in touch with nature, from the time of the old gods. Norway is no different, one of the most environmentally friendly countries in the world. They...

    Read More
  • The SR-71 Broke Several Records When For A Retirement Flight

    The famous blackbird renaissance plane looks like something you would find in X-men or Marvel superhero movie and not real military equipment. But the blackbird SR-71 is very real and flew many missions for the American Air Force during its deployment in active duty. It was developed in a top...

    Read More