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    Decree Closing Texas Ports Signed "José Gomez de la Cortina" in type, one page, 8.5"x 11.75". Mexico, February 11, 1836. Interim Mexican President Miguel Barragán issued this order to José María Tornel y Mindívil, Secretary of War and Navy, who, on February 9, 1836, sent it to the governors.

    In part: "The Interim President of the Mexican Republic, has issued forth the following. 1. The foreign trade ports, ports of call, ports of coastal sailing of Matagorda, La-Baca, S. Luis, Galveston, Brasoria, Harrisburg, Goliad, Anahuac, Copano and all those anchoring places located on the coast of Texas, from longitude 94°, 50' to 101°, 10' West of London shall be closed. 2. This resolution shall go into effect thirty days after its publication in this city for foreign vessels not coming from Mexico, and ninety days after publication for those located outside of it. 3. The effects of this resolution will last until new orders are issued from the Government."

    On February 22, 1832, the president of Mexico had been granted the power to close the ports occupied by forces that do not obey the Government. Barragán used this power in an attempt to strangle the Texas rebellion. Santa Anna and his army were marching onto San Antonio and would begin their attack on the Alamo in 12 days. The closing of the ports would hopefully shut down all attempts to deliver supplies and army volunteers into Texas by ship. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.

    Condition: Unevenly trimmed, with paper loss at margins not affecting any text. Tape stains at all edges, as well as affecting a few words at center. Previous dealer's notations in pencil at top and left margins. A full translation is included.

    Reference: Streeter 883a notes that this issue by Governor Cortina was the earliest issue he was able to locate. Jenkins 187.


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