Mosquito Coast

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Mosquito Coast

A region of eastern Nicaragua and northeast Honduras. A British protectorate from 1655 to 1860, it then became an autonomous state known as the Mosquito Kingdom. In 1894 Nicaragua appropriated the territory, and in 1960 the northern part was awarded to Honduras by the International Court of Justice.

Mosqui′to Coast′


n.
a coastal region in Central America bordering on the Caribbean Sea in E Honduras and Nicaragua.
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Campbell notes little early British-Maya interaction, but emphasizes the close relationship of the British with the Amerindians of the Mosquito Shore (roughly today's Nicaraguan coast), arguing that Belize would not have survived without them, ending up with the Spanish prevailing.
Poblado durante el periodo precolombino por una amplia diversidad de grupos indigenas, esta region fue denominada por la pluma imperial con varios nombres: primero Veragua, despues Taguzgalpa/Tologalpa y, a partir del siglo XVII, la Mosquitia o Mosquito Shore, que corresponde al momento en que coincidieron grupos de origen negro con indigenas locales, sumado a la presencia de colonos ingleses.
En los siglos XVII y XVIII, epoca de la expansion inglesa hacia el Caribe y costas americanas del Caribe, Jamaica y la Costa de Mosquito (s) o Mosquito Shore, en las costas caribenas de Honduras y Nicaragua, son ejemplos de esas diferencias.