It’s difficult to realize today, writes Vincent Canby, reviewing the 1987 movie “Walker” (starring Ed Harris), that the real-life William Walker (1824-1860, image shown), “who’s now lucky to get a couple of paragraphs in an encyclopedia, was, briefly, one of the most celebrated public personalities of his time.” 
Before the end of the American Civil War, Walker’s memory enjoyed great popularity in the southern and western United States, where he was known as “General Walker” and as the “grey-eyed man of destiny.” Northerners, on the other hand, generally regarded him as a pirate. Although forgotten now in the United States, in Central America even today the name of “Walker” provokes shudders and thanksgiving for deliverance from Walker. “In Central American countries, the successful military campaign of 1856-1857 against William Walker became a source of national pride and identity, and it was later promoted by local historians and politicians as substitute for the war of independence that Central America had not experienced. April 11 is a Costa Rican national holiday in memory of Walker’s defeat at Rivas.” 
The Knights of the Golden Circle (KGC) had, in vain, backed a filibustering expedition against Cuba, during the Millard Fillmore presidency. The idea was to provoke a casus belli (an excuse for war) and force the United States to intervene militarily. (Background: “‘Free Trade’ of Slaves and Opium”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of June 11, 2014.) Turning their eyes elsewhere than Cuba, the KGC espied Nicaragua. The Knights resolved to try another filibustering expedition. For the heading of this expedition they had, in their own ranks, one of the most daring and courageous of “chivalrous” adventurers. “I allude to the no less personage than General Walker. This gentleman was duly furnished and equipped with ships, men, and money by the liberal members of the K. G. C., and sent out to ‘take Nicaragua.'” 
It was sincerely hoped that, by some ingenious maneuver, William Walker would induce somebody to “insult” the United States, so that a good excuse might be afforded for an aggressive war. “In this expectation, however, they were greatly disappointed; for nobody did insult the United States, nor even General Walker, half as much as they were insulted. The only injustice done that individual was, that he was not hung before he started on his first expedition.” 
In the end, William Walker was executed by the government of Honduras in 1860. News of his demise traveled slowly, but by December 19, 1860 the New York Times was able to report the death of Walker. The landing of the Fillibusters at Truxillo had been “the signal of the most enthusiastic demonstrations among the Nicaraguan Liberals. Parties of them paraded the streets cheering the name of WALKER, and crying death to the Government, and in some instances filing [firing] upon the guard-houses. These exhibitions of sympathy the Government is said to have been powerless to repress or punish; and when, after the news of the great Fillibuster’s execution had been received, attempts were made to stimulate a general popular rejoicing over the event, they proved, so far as Nicaragua was concerned, to be ‘dead failures.'” 
But thanks to the New York Times reporting, we have the Last Words of Walker. Led before a firing squad in Honduras on September 12, 1860, Walker stared defiantly at his executioners and boldly exclaimed, “Other Walkers shall arise from my blood!” 
And so it did happen. Movie reviewer Vincent Canby notices the odd coincidence of the release of the film “Walker” in 1987, and the televised Iran-contra hearings of that summer, featuring Lieut. Col. Oliver L. North. 
Izola Forrester, grand-daughter of KGC member John Wilkes Booth, in her book, This One Mad Act, warned us that gradually, KGC grew to the point where it was an international secret society. Many of the goals of KGC were set for a future as far distant as 100 years. (The post-Civil War activities of the Knights of the Golden Circle are admirably sketched in the book, The Shadow of the Sentinel (also entitled “Rebel Gold”), by authors Warren Getler and Bob Brewer.)
British fancy lads decreed that “Free Trade” is a “right.” But their “Free Trade” is a code word for slaves and opium.  Notice the “Free Trade” of “slaves” (illegal immigrants) and “opium” (cocaine and marijuana) from south of the U.S. border.
Are we now witnessing the gradual emergence of the “Golden Circle” empire? The idea and name, Golden Circle, came from the proposal that, with Havana as a center and a radius of sixteen geographical degrees or about 1,200 miles, a great circle be drawn that would include Maryland, Kentucky, southern Missouri, all the states south of them, a portion of Kansas, most of Texas and Old Mexico, all of Central America, the northern part of South America, and the entire West Indies. This area they proposed to unite into a gigantic slave empire that would rival in power and prestige the Roman Empire of two thousand years ago.  Disturbingly, it was two fine southern gentlemen — Bill Clinton of Arkansas and Al Gore of Tennessee — who yet again pushed upon us the “Free Trade” in the 1990s.
(The above first appeared at my Melchizedek Communique web site on June 14, 2011.)
——- Notes ——-
 “Walker (1987)”, movie review by Vincent Canby. New York Times, Dec. 4, 1987
 “William Walker (filibuster)”, Wikipedia, June 12, 2011
 Perrine, Charles O. An Authentic Exposition of the K.G.C.
 “Walkerism in Nicaragua”, New York Times, December 19, 1860
 “‘Free Trade’ of Slaves and Opium”, https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/free-trade-of-slaves-and-opium/
 Bridges, C.A., “The Knights of the Golden Circle: a Filibustering Fantasy.” Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. XLIV, No. 3, January, 1941. Qtd. in Dell Leonardi. The Reincarnation of John Wilkes Booth (Devin-Adair, 1975; ISBN: 0-8159-6716-0)