The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 39, July 1935 - April, 1936 Page: 325
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The Confederate Exodus to Latin America
almost scorched in the blazing sun as they crossed the Gulf of
Mexico were not exactly like the floating palaces of today.209
The postscript to Major Brown's communication from which
the above extracts have been taken is worthy of quotation in full.
With some reluctance I venture to allude to the impression to
some extent existing in our native land, that this settlement is
composed of disaffected ex-southerners. I cannot speak for the
entire little community, because I am not intimate with all, but
if there is a single one who wishes to denationalize or un-Ameri-
canize himself I do not know it,-nor do I believe there is one
such. On the contrary, though a large majority hail from the
South, they have come here chiefly to recuperate from the rav-
ages of the war, and they earnestly pray for the happiness, pros-
perity and glory of their native country in all its length and
breadth. Moreover a fair portion are from the North, includ-
ing several married ladies, (like my own wife) who are not
We have as earnestly desired emigrants from the North as from
the South, regarding them as of the same blood, language, religion
and free institutions, and realizing that, though lately engaged
in dreadful and lamentable strife, they are nevertheless the only
people under the sun combining all the great elements of affilia-
tion with us as citizens of a free, representative Republic.
This postscript was probably more tactful than truthful-not-
withstanding the fact that three years of pioneering in a wilder-
ness under a foreign flag act as a palliative, if not as a perma-
nent cure, for piques of almost any number and character. At
any rate, it was timely: accompanying it was a suggestion that
an American consul was needed to shield the settlers in their
political and economic difficulties with the Mexican officials; fol-
lowing closely was a petition signed by fifty-four American resi-
dents urgently requesting the United States government to send
out such agent. Whether the petition were granted, the available
information fails to reveal; the present writer suspects it was not.
As in the case of several of the colonists which southerners
attempted to plant in the tropics, the newspapers and other
records for the period beyond the beginnings are much too silent.
All of the curious would give much to know what happened in
"JDe Bow's Review, XXXIX, 352-371.
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