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    [Texan Santa Fe Expedition]. Jose Maria de Bocanegra. Memoria del Secretario del Estado y del Despacho de Recaciones Esteriores y Gobernacion de la Republica Mexicana Correspondiente a la Administracion Provisional en los Años de 1841, 42 y 43. Leida en las Camaras del Congreso Constitucional desde el Dia 12 al 17 de Enero de 1844. Mexico: Imprenta de Vicente D. Torres, 1844. Rectangular 4to, 86; CXXXII; 20 pages. In Spanish regarding the failed Texan Santa Fe Expedition and member George Wilkins Kendall, given from the Mexican side of the event. Indexed. Original printed pink wraps. Bound in modern full tan calf. Decorative blind and gilt stamped border to boards. Titles in gilt on leather spine labels. Five raised bands on spine. Marbled endpapers.Dampstaining at lower right corner on pages CXXIX through CXXXII and the first page of the index. Pages show light toning.

    In an aggressive maneuver to lure some of the westward flow of goods through Texas and away from the Santa Fe Trail, Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar unofficially commenced the Texan Santa Fe Expedition in 1841. (The reason for the expedition was much more complicated than simply a trade mission: President Lamar, without the backing of the Texas Congress, was also attempting to lure the citizens of New Mexico to come under the jurisdiction of the republic.) Lamar had directed the group to take control of New Mexico either through diplomacy or force. Instead, the poorly provisioned party, accompanied by a small detachment of soldiers, became lost on the arid high plains, eventually arriving in desperate straits. Alerted to the Texans' intentions, New Mexico officials sent a force to meet them. The Texans were persuaded to surrender, taken prisoner, and marched to Mexico City. George Wilkins Kendall (1809-1867), the owner of a New Orleans newspaper, accompanied the Texans and shared their fate, but along the way he kept notes and sent dispatches to his newspaper that became the basis of his book, "Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition."


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