La culture urbaine des Balkans : (XVe-XIXe siècles). 3, La by Verena Han, Marina Adamović (ed.)


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Three mines (Siuna, Bonanza, and Rosita) that produce gold and silver are also located in this region. For many years, communication with this part of Nicaragua was possible only by land, but now there are roads, although some stretches are often impassible because of deep ruts and mud, especially during the rainy season. The geographic location, in addition to the region’s poverty, make Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast vulnerable to natural disasters, as exemplified by Hurricane Felix, which ravaged the city of Puerto Cabezas in September, 2007, leaving many dead and homeless among the Miskito population.

The ancestors of the Miskitos did not live under a monarchy like the other seminomadic groups. Instead, they lived in egalitarian communities and had experienced leaders who were skilled at leading hunting expeditions. In the small communities, the parents and grandparents organized the lives of the families with the need for a king or a strong cacique. Even today in the larger Miskito communities, the authority of the leader depends a great deal on the support received from the elders or patriarchs of the area.

With a population of 10,000. In the eighteenth century, the first English settlers established themselves on the island after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the Convention of London, by means of which England recognized Spanish sovereignty over the Miskito territory and its adjacent islands. On August 27, 1841, Colonel Alexander McDonald, superintendent of the Republic of British Honduras, arrived on Corn Island to declare the freedom of the slaves in the name of Queen Victoria of England and the Miskito King Roberto Carlos Federico.

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