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The Defiance of Puebla


BRAVO, Nicolás. Nicolas Bravo á los habitantes del estado de Puebla. [Puebla], Imprenta de José María Rivera, [1847]. Dated in type April 22, 1847. Broadside: 31 x 21.5 cm. Creased where formerly folded, left margin somewhat irregular and slightly stained, small hole in center with loss of a few letters.

First edition. Eberstadt 66. Harper 12:296.

“‘The Mexican nation finds itself obliged to meet a debt of honor, to repel and vigorously punish the unjust aggression which the United States is engaged in,’ and General Bravo has come to take over the command of the Mexican forces in Puebla to meet the expected advance of General Scott from Veracruz” (Harper). A vigorous address of defiance and encouragement: “Todo demuestra una brutal ambicion y la mas estúpida codicia. Cada mexicano debe estar poseido de una justa y santa indignacion; ha sonado ya la hora solemne de vengar los ultrajes que se hacen á la patria.”

Veracruz had surrendered a month previously, and Puebla itself would quietly surrender just a few weeks after this proclamation.


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