Document ReferenceBu 45/41
TitleCopy despatch from A. Buchanan, Madrid, Spain, to 3rd Earl of Malmesbury [J. Harris], Foreign Office, London; 31 Aug 1858.
Date31 August 1858
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionReports that an American citizen has hoisted an American flag on a British island in the Caribbean, in an attempt to claim American sovereignty; this appears to be a common practice of American citizens on remote Caribbean islands; an American citizen declared that if no-one exercises sovereignty over two particular islands the U.S.A. will claim possession; he understands that in the reign of George III these islands were placed under the protection of the Governor of the Virgin Islands; one of them is now inhabited by British subjects; he has heard that the Government of Puerto Rico asserts that Spain has a claim to these islands and that Britain has abandoned her claim, although he does not know of any record of this.
Termterritorial disputes, Caribbean

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA136Buchanan; Andrew (1807-1882); 1st Baronet; diplomat1807-1882
NA6098Harris; James H. (1807-1889); 3rd Earl of Malmesbury1807-1889
PL5326/Virgin Islands
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