After its independence in 1821 Costa Rica was a poor nation with very little outside trade but one man, from a small island halfway around the world, would change that. William Le Lacheur, born 1802, was a merchant and sea captain who is widely credited with transforming Costa Rica’s economy through the coffee trade. Commanding a fine fleet of ships he would not only bring trade to a nation but also help educate it’s citizens, help pull them from poverty and help fight off American filibusters. This episode we tell the story of this remarkable man.
Thanks guys for telling the world this story of another great (almost unknown) Guernseyman. It is really incredible how our tiny island has produced so many influential people on the world stage.... come on Anton, your turn next!
Monday Feb 08, 2021
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