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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Nicaragua. (search)
antage of these conditions, had two days before vanquished in battle 400 government troops on Virgin Bay. He captured Granada, the capital of the State, on Oct. 12, and placed General Rivas, a Nicaraguan, in the presidential chair. Treating Kinney with contempt, Walker drove him from the Mosquito country, and attempted to strengthen his military power by emigration from the United States. A British consul recognized the new government of Nicaragua, and the American minister there, John H. Wheeler, gave countenance to the usurpation. These movements in Nicaragua created alarm among the other governments on the isthmus, and in the winter of 1856 they formed an alliance. Early in March, Costa Rica made a formal declaration of war against the usurpers of Nicaragua, and on the 10th of that month, Walker, who was the real head of the state, made a corresponding declaration against Costa Rica. He shamelessly declared that he was there by the invitation of the Liberal party in Nicara
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wheeler, John Hill 1806-1882 (search)
Wheeler, John Hill 1806-1882 Historian; born in Murfreesboro, N. C., Aug. 6, 1806; graduated at Columbian University in 1826 and at the Law School of the North Carolina University in 1828. In 1831, under a treaty with France, he was appointed secretary of the commission to settle claims of Americans for losses occasioned by the treaties of Berlin and Milan. He was treasurer of North Carolina in 1841, and minister to Nicaragua in 1854-57. His publications include History of North Carolina; Reminiscences and memoirs of North Carolina, etc. He died in Washington, D. C., Dec. 7, 1882.