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The First Invasion of Texas

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[TEXAS]. GOROSTIZA, Manuel Eduardo de. Correspondencia que ha mediado entre la legacion extraordinaria de Mexico y el Departamento de los Estados Unidos sobre el paso del Sabina por las tropas que mandaba el General Gaines. Mexico City: Reimpreso por José M.F. da Lara, calle de la Palma, número 4, 1837. [i-v] vi-xxix [1, blank], [1] 2-122 pp. 8vo (19.4 x 12.5cm), modern black quarter morocco over blue cloth, spine gilt lettered with raised bands. Very fine.

First Mexican Edition (1st edition Philadelphia, 1836). Howes G6. Raines, p. 95. Streeter 1220A. Sabin 16908.

Documents a fractured time in Mexican-United States relations. This episode was particularly inflammatory in Mexico, which considered Texas to still be part of the country and did not recognize its independence. Gaines, based in Louisiana, was heavily constrained in what actions he could take and was ordered specifically not to interfere in the Texas Revolution. He found cause, however, to call up troops and briefly occupy Nacogdoches. Because of this pamphlet, relations between the two countries were briefly suspended. Herein, the United States is painted in the darkest, conspiratorial colors. Only when the Mexican government disavowed the pamphlet did relations resume.

Gorostiza (1789-1851) first began as a playwright and writer before returning to Mexico from Europe and engaging in diplomacy. Posted to Washington, he repeatedly warned that the United States was secretly supporting the Texans, as documented here. Upon the outbreak of the Mexican-American War he returned to Mexico and fought at the Battle of Churubusco.


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