In the course of reading a big stack of material that I bought a few weeks ago, I came across a potted biography of Josiah Harlan, a Pennsylvania Quaker who, as well as being the first US citizen in Afghanistan, managed to get himself the title of Prince of Ghor, apparently a remote region in that country. Rudyard Kipling based his “Man who would be King” on this Yankee, and there’s a recent book came out describing what he did. Think I’ll buy it, when I get paid next.
The US embassy in New Delhi has a summary of his life online, at http://usembassy.state.gov/posts/in1/wwwhsp_0403.html . Have a look, if you’re into anachronism and improbable travel stories.