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    Moving the Cigar Industry

    [Agustin Viesca] Broadside Issued on Gobierno Supremo del Estado libre de Coahuila y Texas Letterhead: A Decree to Relocate the Cigar Factory Out of Leona Vicario. Single sheet, 9" x 12.75", Monclova, May 7, 1835. With a holograph endorsement signed Angel Navarro at bottom.

    The broadside, issued by Viesca as governor of Coahuila y Texas, decrees that the cigar factory established in Leona Vicario will be relocated to Villa de Parras. The employees of the factory are given until the end of the month (May) to claim their jobs or forfeit them. Signed in type at the conclusion by Viesca. With minor paper loss at left margin, otherwise near fine.

    This copy with a manuscript note from the "Jefatura Política del Depto de Bexar" for the attention of the local government at the town of Goliad, signed in full by (José) Angel Navarro, (1784-1836) as Political Chief of the Department of Bexar (present day San Antonio de Bexar). Navarro was also Mayor of San Antonio in 1832. As an ardent supporter of separation from Mexico, he was a signer of the Bexar Remonstrance.

    Governor Viesca took office April 16, 1835, and 3 weeks later, on May 7, this decree was published. The relocation of the cigarette factory under the authority of Governor Viesca, was one of the strategies he used to reduce the economy of the city of Leona Vicario. After having been granted the authority on April 21, 1835 to move the capitol from Saltillo to any site of his choice, Viesca chose Bexar and set about transferring the archives to the new seat of government. He tried, but was impeded to travel to Texas. After his capture by Mexican authorities, he was able to escape from prison in Monterrey and took refuge with Stephen F. Austin. Once in Texas, he urged Texans to rebel against the Centralist government of Santa-Anna.

    Reference: Not in OCLC or Streeter. The Handbook of Texas Online.

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