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A Rare Publication by Joaquín Rea


[GUERRILLAS]. REA, Joaquín. Heroicos poblanos. [Amaluca, 1847]. Broadside: 16 x 12 cm. Dated in type August 26, 1847. Very fine. Rare. Only one copy on OCLC.

First edition. Eberstadt 285.

Judging from the quality of this broadside, Rea apparently had access to a small press. Here he proudly announces “El triunfo de la Pátria es cierto” and “nuestra libertad es segura.” At the time, Rea was besieging American forces in Puebla with some success. The previous day he had successfully stolen almost all American livestock from the city, and in a previous raid had stolen all the mules. Despite repeated efforts, however, neither he nor Santa-Anna’s larger army was able to dislodge Thomas Child’s small garrison of 400 troops and his forces were badly mauled by Joseph Lane’s relief column on October 12.

Rea (1791?-1850) was the most important guerrilla leader in eastern Mexico and was a constant threat to Scott’s supply columns.


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