The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 15
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Th e Origin of General Mina's Invasion of Mexico
whole scheme was said to be under the guidance of American
officials. Seven warships were supposed to be arming for the
attack, four of which would act as transports.8 This expedition
failed to materialize and the insurgent plotters concerned them-
selves with the Aury establishment at Galveston until Mina's
arrival once more turned their attention to Florida. It is prob-
able that Mariano Montilla and Joseph Sauvinet left New Orleans
early in January to broach the subject to Mina.69 There is no
reason to doubt that Mina
received despatches from his agent at New Orleans, contain-
ing overtures from certain persons, who wished to make an
attack upon Pensacola, and who offered to furnish him with
men, arms, &c. &c. for that purpose.70
The overtures were sufficiently interesting to cause Mina and Colo-
nel Young to sail for New Orleans, where they arrived on February
22, 1817.71 Mina's arrival "caused much clamor . . ., occasioning
large meetings and emboldening the insurgent group to the ex-
treme." The principal matter with which the meetings were occupied
was the projected attack on Pensacola.72 Rumors were soon circu-
lating that the expedition would materialize, but the rumors were
wrong, at least in part. Mina could not agree with the New
Orleans associates and "discovered that it was merely a mercantile
speculation, from which no advantage would result in favour of
his views on Mexico. . .. .,, Pensacola would have been a good
place to organize an expedition against Mexico, but Mina refused
to accept the terms that were offered.74 He managed to obtain
sufficient credit to purchase two vessels, the Cleopatra and the
Neptune,75 and on March 1 the former, with Captain Hooper in
68Declaration of Jose Duro, Havana, July 13, 1816, accompanying Morphy
to Apodaca, New Orleans, June 26, 1816, AGI PC, leg. 1900.
690ne of Mina's vessels left New Orleans about January 21 with supplies
and arms (Luis Piernas to Masot, Camp San Carlos de Barrancas, Feb-
ruary 18, 1817, encl. no. 2 in Masot to Cienfuegos, San Carlos de Bar-
rancas, February 21, 1817, No. 69, AGI PC, leg. 1874).
7ORobinson, Memoirs, I, 120.
71Morphy to Cienfuegos, New Orleans, February 26, 1817, AGI PC, leg.
73Robinson, op. cit., I, 133.
74Morphy to the Captain-General, New Orleans, March 10, 1817, AGI
PC, leg. 1900.
75Robinson, op. cit., I, 133.
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