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War Clouds

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[TEXAS]. [First title] CARDONA, Gerónimo. Discurso que pronuncio el Excmo. Sor. Gobernador y Comandante gral. del Departamento de Chiapas, Gral. D. Geronimo Cardona, en el acto de su posesion verificada el dia de mayo de 1846. [Second title] LARRÁINZAR, Ramón. Contestacion del Exmo Sor. Presidente de la honorable Asamblea Departamental Lic. De Ramon Larrainzar. [Chiapas, 1846]. Dated in type May 9, 1846. 4to (26 x 20.5 cm), folded sheet. [1] [1, blank] [1] [1, blank] pp. Creased where formerly folded, but otherwise fine. Very rare. Only one copy on OCLC, and it lacks the second leaf.

Cardona’s address includes a paragraph upon the rising war with the U.S., “la usurpacion ya no se limita al territorio de Tejas, sino que se intenta ocupar el de otros Departamentos.” The second item is a flattering reply from the state assembly with a promise to fight: “Bizarro General; y si la patria peligra, contais con todos los recursos del Departamento, para contribuir a la salvacion de la independencia é integridad nacional.” Ironically, these addresses were delivered the very day the Battle of Palo Alto was being fought.

Cuban born Cordona (1799-1867) was well aware of the dangers of Texas, having been with Santa-Anna’s army when it invaded during the Texas Revolution. Chiapas itself was never threatened by American forces.


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