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A Failed Effort

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[MEXICAN NAVY. PRIVATEERS]. MEXICO. LAWS (July 16, 1846). Reglamento para el curso de particulares contra los enemigos de la nacion. Mexico City: Imprenta del Águila, á cargo de Bonifacio Conejo, 1846 [wrapper title]. [1] 2-20 pp. 8vo (21 x 13 cm), original beige printed wrapper, ornamental border and vignette. Small wormholes with loss of a few letters, light wear, some leaves loose.

First edition. Harper 12:237.

Dated Mexico, July 26, 1846. Secretary of War José María Tornel publishes President Paredes y Arrillaga’s authorization and regulations for Mexican privateers during the Mexican-American war. The superior U.S. naval forces required the Mexicans to rely on privateering for the harassment of enemy shipping and the seizure of required supplies and ships. Provides interesting information on the little studied naval aspects of the war. A total of 109 articles establishing and governing privateering operations against the United States, executed a little more than two months after the official declaration of war by the United States on May 13, 1846.

This operation was generally a gross failure because Mexico lacked both sailors and vessels. In the only instance of a U.S. ship seized by a Mexican privateer, the Mexican crew was arrested and the ship returned to its owner.


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