Old Trujillo Cemetery,
In the Old Trujillo Cemetery lies the body of William
Walker. A native of Nashville Tennessee, William studied
law, was a lawyer and a journalist. He must have had the
need for adventure, because in 1853 he convinced a group
of men to come with him to Baja, California and take it
from the Mexicans. He was driven out.
A few years later he was luckier; in 1855 Walker was
invited to try his hand at infighting on the liberal side
in Nicaragua. Again, with only a handful of followers he
attacked Granada and won. In less than a year he had
himself elected president of said country. He instituted
slavery to ingratiate himself with the Southern states of
the USA and made English the official language.
Foolishly, he seized Cornelious Vanderbilt's railroad and
decided to take on the remaining Central American
countries. These countries united against Walker and his
followers, and with the financial support of Vanderbuilt,
succeeded in defeating him at Rivas in 1957. William
eluded his fate by getting picked up by the US Navy and
deposited back on US soil.
A lesser man would probably take up chess or have a
family, but not William. Six months later he sailed from
Mobile, Alabama. He made it to San Juan del Norte
(Greytown), where he got himself arrested and returned to
Death by 'Fuselado'.
William was not daunted. In 1960 he sailed again with the
intent of pestering the Central Americans, but it was
here that he made a fatal mistake; he landed in Trujillo.
After many altercations, the British Navy turned him over
to the Honduran Government. On September 12th, 1860,
William Walker was put up against a wall and shot.
Let that be a lesson to all slick entrepreneurs who think
they can come to Trujillo and make a fast buck!