Unconquered by the Spanish in the sixteenth century, Nicaragua and Honduras remained in the hands of the indigenous native Americans of the region. However, once the English came bringing African slaves and Western ideas the Miskito people began to be integrated.
The Miskito people live within the rainforests, speak their own unique and tend to live very in tune with the nature that surrounds them. These are a peoples that have since mostly become mixed race due to the influx of slaves during the time the English began to settle the area. The English settlers and traders often made alliances and the English culture began irrevocably intertwined with that of the Miskito’s.
In the 1800 and 1900′s the Miskito used the slave trade to their advantage, and when waging wars on opposing Miskito tribes they would often sell their captives to the English, who would ship them off to be slaves on Jamaican sugar plantations.
The Miskito ‘kingdom’ even aided in the American Revolutionary War by attacking Spanish colonies to draw forces away from the fight with the English, giving the English an advantage.
Since the times of the Spanish and British colonization the Miskito have grown to distrust ‘outsiders’ due to abuse they have received from the government for being a minority ethnic group in Nicaragua.
Today the Miskito are dissolving. As their rainforest home is stripped away by illegal logging and human encroachment, the Miskito people must make the difficult choice to honor their traditions or leave and find a lively-hood outside of the forest.
The early British settlers dubbed the Miskito people the Mosquito people, and the area where they are from is the Mosquito Coast.