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Where’s the Beef?


[LIVESTOCK]. OCAMPO, Melchor. El Gobernador del Estado de Michoacán, á todos sus habitantes, sabed que. [Morelia, 1847]. Dated in type April 26, 1847. Broadside: 32.5 x 22.5 cm. Old stab holes in left margin, otherwise very good. With Ocampo’s and García de Carrasquedo’s parafs. On embossed paper.

First edition. Not in usual Mexican-American War sources.

The main provision of this decree prevents “la venta de carnes de ganado mayor y menor por solo el tiempo que dure la guerra de Mèjico con los Estados Unidos.” Included are cattle, pigs, and sheep. Outlines an elaborate scheme for accounting for all livestock and how many are actually consumed. Anyone caught slaughtering an animal without permission is to be punished, but salted meats are exempt. Apparently intended to maintain livestock in ample quantities during the war, this seems to be a totally local attempt to regulate the food supply.


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