Nelson and the River San Juan

By C.J. Britton , published August 1942


The author refers to an earlier contribution by Commander Robinson concerning two sketches associated with Nelson’s involvement in the San Juan River campaign of 1780. The author argues that one of these was probably drawn by Nelson, given the close similarity in handwriting, but questions the accuracy of the estimated distances given between river mouth, Fort San Carlos and Lake Nicaragua. He also asks if Nelson exceeded his orders. The author introduces the reader to two scarce nineteenth century books, quoting extensively. The first claims an error of longitude on charts, discovered in 1831, which may help explain the disputed distances; both books also help confirm that the river was not navigable to ships of size.

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