Manxman Captain Henry Corrin of the Mosquito Shore (1752-1779)

Written by John Manley

This book explores the British occupation of the Mosquito Shore (in present day Nicaragua and Honduras) during the latter part of the eighteenth century, with a particular focus on the Bluefields estate on the southern Shore and its Manx owner, Henry Corrin. Using previously unpublished archival material, John Manley provides a detailed account of Bluefields from 1752, when Corrin arrived, to 1787, when the British withdrew from the Shore.

Manley explores the relationships between the various populations that resided in Mosquitia during this period, highlighting the social and economic differences between those settlements on the northern Shore, and those to the south. He explains the use of slaves on the Shore and, in particular, the role of both African and American indian slaves in Corrin’s highly lucrative enterprise at Bluefields. This book follows the declining fortunes of the Bluefields estate after Corrin’s death in 1769, weaving a tale of Manx connections, early deaths, and the fate of the Bluefields’ slaves.

This book will be of interest to anyone with an interest in Manx maritime trading connections in the 18th century and in the role of slavery in the Caribbean during this period. Dr Catriona Mackie


ISBN 978-1-898266-12-9
A4 128pp paperback