History buffs will appreciate a visit to the English fort on Cannon Island. In the 18th century, the island was used as a base to launch naval raids and to help defend the lagoon against the Spanish. The iron cannons, which give the island its name, still remain. In 1822, the island was occupied by several hundred Scottish settlers who were lured by a fellow Scot, Gregor Macgregor, to the promises of a new nation called the Territory of Poyais. When they arrived and discovered they had been misled and were expected to head into unconquered indigenous lands, they stayed put. After three-quarters of the settlers died of disease and other complications, they fled to British Belize. Macgregor escaped to Venezuela to set up other schemes. Ask any boatman in town or contact La Ruta Moskitia to arrange a trip (L250-L300) here.

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