A compilation of notes and letters written by the author from the United States during his journey through Mexico in the autumn of 1822. Poinsett discussed the various accounts of the cause and character of the revolution against Spain. It includes a historical sketch in the Appendix . The Appendix also includes a number of historical documents (translated into English) including, in part: Iturbide’s Message to Congress; the Manifest Addressed to the Mexican People by Regiment No. 1 of the Infantry of the Line; the Decree of the Executive of Mexico published October 8, 1823; and the Project of a Constitution for the Mexican Republic offered to the Mexican Sovereign Constitutional Congress of November 20, 1823, along with a number of reports made to the Mexican Congress.
Writing principally about the portion of North America border on the Pacific Ocean between the 40th and 54th parallels of latitude (Oregon), Greenhow found it necessary to also include the regions known as California that extended southward from the Columbia River to the Californian Gulf. Recognizing that the territories were becoming increasingly more important due to the advancement of the population of adjoining countries towards the territories; from the constant increase of the trade and navigation of several countries claiming powers in the Pacific. The difficulty of effecting an amicable partition of the territories was becoming more urgent. Greenhow’s objective was to show the nature, origin and extent of the various claims.
2018 - Patriarchal Protestors, Cultural Brokers, and Unlikely Bedfellows: A Lineage of Spanish-Mexican Women in Colonial Alta California; Jennifer A. Lucido and Scott E. Lydon
A microscale analysis of successive generations of women from one of Spanish California’s earliest settler families, the Arballo (m. Lopez) lineage, provides a nuanced examination of colonial women in the frontier. More specifically, this paper interrogates how these women acted both as equally important partners in the colonization of Alta California but also as individual agents. The Spanish-Mexican women central to this paper include: María Feliciana Arballo, María Ignacia de la Candelaria López, María Antonia Natalia Elija “Josefa” Carrillo, and María Ramona la Luz Carrillo.
1839 - California: A History of Upper and Lower California from Their First Discovery to the Present Time, Alexander Forbes
The first full account in English to relate exclusively to California, this book covers the history, climate, soil, natural productions, agriculture, and commerce, as well as the establishment of the missions and the conditions of the “free and domesticated” Indians. It includes an appendix on steam navigation in the Pacific.
1846 - The Conquest of Mexico - An Appeal to the Citizens of the United States, on the Justice and Expediency of the Conquest of Mexico; with Historical and Descriptive Information Respecting that Country
The unknown author of this 1846 publication asks the question: “Would the invasion and conquest of Mexico by the United States … be right?” A series of questions surrounding the annexation of Texas and the justification for going to war against Mexico are asked and answered. They included, in part: Is the war right? Is it expedient? Was the revolution of Texas right? Was the annexation of Texas right? Concluding that the answers to these questions were yes, a second, independent justification was proffered relating to the injuries Mexico was inflicting on the United States of America commerce. Concerns about slavery being advanced in a defeated Mexico were also addressed.
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