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Top Scoundrel of Amelia Island’s Past?

Gregor MacGregor, who claimed Amelia Island in 1817, raising the Green Cross flag, is now viewed as one of history’s top con artists. His later claim to fame is the “Poyais” scam.

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MOMENTS IN HISTORY: Gregor MacGregor Captures Amelia Island, Florida

193 years ago, Gregor MacGregor captured Amelia Island from Spain. Soon after, pirate Luis Aury took control. Then the US purged the island.