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Yanqui Blockade of Mexican Ports

90. [MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR]. MEXICO (Republic). PRESIDENTE INTERINO (Mariano Paredes y Arrillaga). Ministerio de Hacienda. Seccion 1.a ... El Exmo. Sr. Presidente interino se ha servido dirigime el decreto que sigue. Mariano Paredes y Arrillaga...sabed: Que con el fin de evitar en lo posible... 1a. Mientras subsista el bloqueo de los puertos de la república... [Decree allowing imports into Mexican ports such as Tuxpan, Soto la Marina, Manzanillo, etc. because of U.S. naval blockade of the usual ports of entry]. [Dated and signed in print at end]: Mexico, Julio 10 de 1846 | Iturbe. 4-page folder printed on pp. [1-2] (22.5 x 16.2 cm), wove paper. Except for ink bleed-through from Iturbe’s ink rubric on p. [2], very fine.

     This is an early official decree issued by the Mexican government at the beginning of U.S. occupation during the Mexican-American War. It reflects the degenerated state of the Mexican Navy and specifically refers to “bloqueo que sufren los puertos de la República por las fuerzas navales de los Estados-Unidos de América.” About May 18 the U.S. Navy had begun to blockade both Tampico and Vera Cruz, and other U.S. naval forces had begun to capture Mexican shipping. On July 21 the U.S. Navy extended its blockade to some of the ports mentioned here. Harper (12:233) lists the D.F. broadside edition. Not in Garrett & Goodwin (The Mexican-American War), Kurutz & Mathes (The Forgotten War), Tutorow, etc. ($250-500)

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