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AUCTION 21

October 26, 2007

Yucatan Revolution 1840-Naval Affairs

265. [YUCATAN REVOLUTION]. Three printed decrees from 1840 by the Mexican government concerning ports and shipping. These are important background documents on Mexico’s attempts to deal with the rising revolt in Yucatan, which broke out in February 1840, when Yucatan declared its independence. The revolt eventually involved the Republic of Texas Navy, which was contracted for by Yucatan to provide naval forces to protect the peninsula in 1841. Yucatan proved to be another of the failed republics that sought to break off from Mexico, and its revolution followed quickly on the heels of the Republic of the Rio Grande.

(1) [MEXICO. PRESIDENT (Anastasio Bustamante). Ministerio de Hacienda. Sección 1a. El Exmo. Sr. Presidente de la República se ha servido dirigirme el decreto que sigue.... El Gobierno en uso de la facultad que le dá el párrafo 30.... Las aduanas marítimas se situarán, en cuanto las circunstancias topográficos de cada puerto.... [Decree outlining regulations for establishing customs houses.] [Dated and signed in type at end]: Mexico City, May 13, 1840, Echeverría. [2] [2 blank] pp. 4to, laid paper, watermarked with leaping hart. Fine. Contemporary ink note on both pages directing the decree to the Prefect of Linares, dated and signed Monterrey, June 3, 1840, J. de Jesús D. y Prieto.

            First edition. By this decree, the Mexican government promulgates rules for customs houses both at ports and on the frontier. It states, however, that none of the presently-established houses will be closed and that no new ones will be established for the time being.

(2) MEXICO. PRESIDENT (Anastasio Bustamante). Ministerio de Hacienda. Sección 1a. El Exmo. Sr. Presidente de la República se ha servido dirigirme el decreto que sigue.... Quedan cerrados para el comercio extrangero...los puertos expresados de Sisál, Isla de Carmen y Bacalár.... [Decree closing ports in Yucatan.] [Dated and signed in type at end]: Mexico City, May 17, 1840, Echeverría. [1] [3 blank] pp. 4to, laid paper, watermarked Polleri. Fine. Contemporary ink note directing the decree to the Prefect of Linares, dated and signed Monterrey, June 3, 1840, J. de Jesús D. y Prieto.

            First edition. This decree continues the closure of the three ports to foreign commerce, although a delay is granted before the decree takes effect. The delay was apparently intended to give the rebelling Yucatecans a chance to reconsider their actions. At the time, Yucatecans were actively seeking an alliance with Texas, which sent its navy to assist them in mid-1840.

(3) MEXICO. PRESIDENT (Anastasio Bustamante). Ministerio de Hacienda. Sección 1a. El Exmo. Sr. Presidente de la República se ha servido dirigirme el decreto que sigue.... Queda cerrado para el comercio extrangero...el puerto de Campeche.... [Dated and signed in type at end]: Mexico City, June 25, 1840, Echeverría. [1] [3 blank] pp. 4to, laid paper, watermarked Al Masso. Fine. Contemporary ink note directing the decree to the Prefect of Linares, dated and signed Monterrey, June 3, 1840, J. de Jesús D. y Prieto.

            First edition. This decree continues the closure of Campeche’s port, but does not take effect for six months, a delay apparently intended to give the rebelling Yucatecans a chance to reconsider their actions. At the time, Yucatecans were actively seeking an alliance with Texas, which sent its navy to assist them in mid-1840.

3 imprints. ($600-800)

Sold. Hammer: $600.00; Price Realized: $705.00

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