What was William Walker's role in resisting slavery?
When did he come to play when slavery comes up?
- BattleaxeLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
William Walker was an American soldier of fortune who captured Nicaragua in 1856. In order to gain support for his venture, he appealed to white American southerners on the basis of repealing Nicaragua's anti-slavery law. He was unsuccessful in this venture and was ousted by neighboring countries in 1857. He was later executed in Honduras after another failed "filibustering" adventure in 1860. Walker was considered a hero by the pro-slavery faction in the US; the "gray-eyed man of destiny", but was despised by northern Abolitionists. It is believed that Cecil Rhodes was following Walker's model when he carved out private colonies in southern Africa.Source(s): See Wiki article on William Walker filibuster.
- 9 years ago
Walker set himself up as President of Nicaragua, after conducting a fraudulent election. He was inaugurated on July 12, 1856, and soon launched an Americanization program, reinstating slavery, declaring English an official language and reorganizing currency and fiscal policy to encourage immigration from the United States. Realizing that his position was becoming precarious, he sought support from the Southerners in the U.S. by recasting his campaign as a fight to spread the institution of black slavery, which many American Southern businessmen saw as the basis of their agrarian economy. With this in mind, Walker revoked Nicaragua's emancipation edict of 1824.Source(s): wikipedia