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What’s in a fraud? The many worlds of Gregor MacGregor, 1817–1824

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This article revisits the story of one the greatest financial frauds in history: Poyais. In the 1820s, Gregor MacGregor issued bonds for this alleged fictitious Central American state on the London capital market. Putting together scattered evidence reveals a complex, multifaceted experiment undertaken by a private adventurer hoping to politically and economically position himself in a changing world. Poyais was a failed project to establish a settlement on a territory granted by an Indigenou...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
History Faculty
Role:
Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-3468-970X
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Enterprise and Society Journal website
Publication date:
2020-07-27
Acceptance date:
2020-04-28
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EISSN:
1467-2235
ISSN:
1467-2227
Pubs id:
1158956
Local pid:
pubs:1158956

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