MIGUEL LA GRUA TALAMANCA Y BRANCIFORTE...EL REY NUESTRO SENOR (QUE DIOS GUARDE) POR EFECTO DEL AMOR Y VIGILANCIA PATERNAL....; [total of 37 printed lines].

Mexico: May 13, 1796. Printed broadside, 17 x 12 1/4 inches, the first line printed in larger bold type. A proclamation authorizing trade between England, America, and Havana by Don Miguel de la Gura Talamanca de Carini y Branciforte, 1st Marques de Branciforte, viceroy of New Spain from 12 July 1794 to 31 May 1798, and one of the most corrupt officials to govern New Spain, having gained his position through marriage to Prime Minister Gudoy's sister. He made sure to profit on everything that passed his way, taking advantage of the war in Europe to remove the French from their land, seize it, and sell it for his profit. Issued during a tumultuous time in the Caribbean; in 1794 Toussaint Louverture drove the Spanish out of Haiti in a slave revolt and in 1795 Nicolas Morales led an uprising in Cuba that was suppressed, but greatly disturbed American slave owners with its call of racial equality. Issued the following year, this proclamation came in response to food shortages as a measure to prevent further agitation. OCLC locates one copy (Minnesota). Folded (with some wear and small breaks along the fold). (#6302). Item #58669

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