The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917 Page: 195
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Book Reviews and Notices
made a careful study of the public documents and many secondary
sources. The chief authorities are cited in the footnotes, which
add much to the value of the book.
The real beginning of the Mexican legation dates from the
arrival (November, 1824) of Obregon, the fourth minister pleni-
potentiary appointed by Mexico. The appointment of an Ameri-
can representative to Mexico was used as a, political football or
political pawn at Washington while Canning was busy establish-
ing a. British influence which overshadowed the importance and
influence of the earlier American recognition of Mexican inde-
pendence and the declarations of Monroe. Joel R. Poinsett, who
accepted the appointment, previously declined by others, received
his instructions on M arch 8, 1825. To recover the prestige lost
by delay, and with a desire to preserve republican institutions in
Mexico and prevent encroachment of European powers, he used
means which subjected him to charges of interference in internal
affairs and produced increasing distrust and suspicion, which post-
poned the satisfactory conclusion of pending negotiations, endan-
gered peaceful relations, and finally led to public Mexican attacks
which resulted in his recall. In Clay's instructions to show an
unobtrusive readiness to explain to the Mexican Government the
working of the American Constitution, which had been so largely
copied by Mexico, Poinsett found his only excuse for his activities
(through the York rite Masons) which gave rise to the charge
of meddling in internal affairs. At the same time he corrected
the implication of Alaman (the Mexican Minister) that the dec-
laration of Monroe gave Mexico. the right to demand that the
United States interfere in behalf of the new American states.
In his longest chapter, the author traces the negotiations in
regard to the serious international question of the destiny of Cuba,
in which seven nations were involved, and in which the United
States, while opposing the acquisition of the island by any Euro-
pean power or by Mexico or Colombia, declined to be drawn into
a self-denying pledge.
In Chapter V he treats the growing intercourse along the Santa
F6 trail on the far northern frontier, after 1821, the substitution
of wagon trains for pack animals in 1824, the measures to estab-
lish and protect the trade, the efforts to secure the co-operation
of Mexico in constructing the road, which she opposed until the
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