[Mexico City]. 1827. ,16,11,,8,18,44,14,,14,,9-24, pp., plus four folding charts. Small quarto. Contemporary plain wrappers. Wrappers a bit soiled and edgeworn. A few worm tracks throughout the entirety, the widest appearing in the upper margin, else very good. A rare and fundamentally important collection of documents outlining the Mexican plan for the colonization of California. Mexico feared that English, Russian, or American settlers would eventually overrun California, and so formed the Junta de Fomento de Californias to strengthen the Mexican presence in upper and lower California. This copy is complete with all eight titles. "The decisive step taken by Madrid in 1769 in founding San Diego and Monterey as a means of definite claim to California had not been followed by a sufficient increase in population to keep the area from threatened absorption by the growing Anglo-Saxon population on the Columbia River. These various plans were devised in order to tie California more firmly to the Mexican Republic" - Streeter Sale. These plans were devised by the Junta, and aimed to increase Mexican colonization in California, and to establish Monterey as a commercial capital dominating trade in the Pacific. It was proposed to grant lands to Mexican colonists, to provide them with money, livestock, and tools to aid their settlement. The pamphlets each have their own titlepage and pagination, and consist of a study of Anglo-American and Russian activity in California; a plan for the administration of the missions; a system of laws for the better government of California; and plans for mercantile development and for establishing direct trade between Monterey and the Pacific, including the founding of an "Asiatic-Mexican company." Two of the pamphlets relate directly to colonization plans, including those encouraging Mexican colonization and another for an orderly, controlled colonization by foreigners, with plates featuring a grid layout for development, which became a basis for California land grant laws. Howes notes only seven parts, failing to list the concluding plan for the establishment of an Asian-Mexican company. The Streeter copy also lacked this concluding part. A primary document for the development of California. COWAN, p.320-321. BARRETT 1355. HOWES C45, "d." SABIN 9997. STREETER SALE 2462. NORRIS CATALOGUE 1910. Bookseller Inventory #
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