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George Dawson Flinter
Flinter, View of the Present Condition of the Slave Population . . Puerto Rico
Philadelphis: Adam Waldie, 1832. Part of backstop missing; front cover loosening; first few pages loose; endpapers darkened; light page toning' former owner's name in ink on title page. George Dawson Flinter (d 1838), Irish by birth, was a soldier of fortune (mercenary). He joined the British army as an ensign in 1811; two years later he had made lieutenant. Flinter's unit was sent to the British West Indies in 1812, where he served as an interpreter for the British embassy. Seeing no future in the British army (although he remained on its payroll at half pay), he moved to Caracas, where he was warmly received by he Spanish governor-general. He found work as an interpreter for the interaction of the Spaniards, English, and Americans. Flinter also travelled widely throughout the Spanish and British West Indies and on the American continent. He took a Spanish American wife and though her acquired extensive landholdings and numerous slaves. Although still on the British payroll, Flinter secured a commission in the Spanish army. At the outbreak of the First Carlist War in 1833 he took the side of Isabella . He served with distinction and was made a knight of the Order of Isabella the Catholic and publicly acclaimed. But his actions on a subsequent battlefield lead to censure. Deeply disappointed and depressed, Flinter committed suicide by cutting his throat on September 9, 1838. While in the service of the Spanish crown, Flinter spent considerable time in the West Indies and was well placed to write about the region. He produced two books on Puerto Rico. The first, published in … [Click Below for Full Description]
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