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The Occupation of Puebla


[PUEBLA]. SÁNCHEZ, José Juan. Jose Juan Sanchez, prefecto de esta capital y su departamento, a sus habitantes. [Puebla, 1847]. Dated in type and manuscript April 29, 1847. Broadside: 31 x 21.5 cm. Irregularly trimmed, old stab holes in left margin, but overall fine. Rare. No copies on OCLC.

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

Announces measures to be taken when American troops near and enter the capital. All “pulquerias y vinoterias” will close as the troops approach. Once they enter the city, all citizens will remain indoors until their neighborhoods have been occupied and nobody will carry arms or gather in groups greater than three. Punishments are provided for offenders. Since the date is supplied in manuscript, it is obvious that this document was drawn up ahead of time for use when needed. The city was surrendered to the American army on May 15.


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