The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 11
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Th e Origin of General Mina's Invasion of Mexico
heavy artillery, large quantities of munitions, supplies for erect-
ing bridges and mounting cannon, a brig of eighteen guns, and
much more-all of which Smith paid for, trusting Mina to make
good in Mexico.46
Final plans for the departure of the expedition were made
after a conference with Pedro Gual. It was decided to send two
emissaries to Jamaica in an attempt to gain support from Brion,
Mier was to go to New Orleans and then to Matagorda to confer
with Jos6 Manuel de Herrera and Luis Aury, and Mina would
leave for Port-au-Prince on the Calypso. No interference was
expected from the United States government, and Mier asserted
that Onis had been unable to meet the Secretary of State for
three months in order to present a diplomatic protest. Officials
at Washington "repeated the security of operation promised by
their envoy in London; but as the Mexican minister [Herrera]
was not here, we were unable to meet the conditions for assist-
ance that this Government had proposed."47 Mier left Baltimore
on September 19, 1816, to carry out his part of the plan.48 A
storm off the coast of Florida prevented completion of the voyage,
but a second attempt was successful and he arrived in New Orleans
about the end of October.49 Mina delayed his departure on the
Calypso until September 26 and sailed for Port-au-Prince, where
he arrived on October 13, 1816.50 Mina's expedition was finally
under way, but there were to be vexatious misfortunes and delays
before it arrived to engage in the Mexican Revolution.
A PERIOD OF MISrORTUNES
There was trouble at Port-au-Prince when Mina arrived. Storms
played havoc with shipping in the region of Florida and the
West Indies during the last two weeks of September. A severe
46Ibid. An announcement appeared in the New York Advertiser on April
30, 1817, that Dennis Smith of Baltimore was paying his debts!
47Mier to Sres. P. and A., Baltimore, September 15, 1816, in IHernandez,
op. cit., VI, 917-23. "P. and A." were Mier's correspondents in Jamaica,
but the writer has been unable to identify them.
48Mier to Antonio Sesma, Galveston, December 14, 1816, in ibid., VI, 911.
49Mier's Declaration, October 6, 1817, loc. cit., VI, 807.
soMina, "Boletin," AGI PC, leg. 1900. Robinson fixed the date of de-
parture as September 27 (Memoirs, I, 100). He also states that Mier was
sent to Boquilla de Piedras on a fast-sailing schooner before Mina left
Baltimore, that he was alarmed at bad weather in the Gulf, landed at
New Orleans, and sent the schooner on to Boquilla (ibid., I, 108-109).
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