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200. TLAXCALA (Mexican State).  GOVERNOR (Antonio Rodríquez Bocardo).  [Declaration by Governor Antonio Rodríquez Bocardo, declaring Maximilian’s empire illegitimate and stating that Tlaxcala will adher to Benito Juárez’s government], commencing Acta levantada en la villa de los libres por el ciudadano general Antoinio Rodríguez Bocardo y la brigada de su mando, declarándose en contra del imperio...  Huamantla: Imp. del Gobierno á cargo de F. F. de Lara, October 2, 1866.  Folio broadside (32 x 21.2 cm).  Lower corner trimmed (no loss of loss of text), otherwise fine.

     This is another manifestation of the divided loyalties of the Mexican Republic after the French invasion of Mexico.  Maximilian’s ill-fated French empire in Mexico would soon unravel, culminating in his execution on June 19, 1867, at Querétaro.  His reign was the last serious attempt by a European power to interfere in Mexican affairs (that job would henceforth go to the U.S. of A.).  Benito Juárez, a Zapotec who is considered the outstanding figure of nineteenth-century Mexico and sometimes called the Abraham Lincoln of that country, is pledged the undying allegiance of Tlaxcala.  The eight articles repeat in eight variations that Tlaxcala supports Júarez and denounces the French and Maximilian. ($150-300)

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