The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003 Page: 197
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Jose Bernardo Gutidrrez de Lara
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Detail from J. B. Poirson, Carte du Mexique [and of Bordering Territories to the North and East],
based on Alexander von Humboldt's Grande Carte de la Nouvelle Espague (Paris: Chez F.
Schoell, 181 1). Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.
Garrett's thesis is worth reexamining, especially since it concerns the
relations between Mexican insurgents, U.S. government officials, and An-
glo-American adventurers during Mexico's wars for independence
(1810--1821). This era was characterized by high expectations of inter-
American cooperation, as well as by periodic frustrations and disillusion-
ment among potential allies. Problems arose because of divergent inter-
ests across national lines, and also from cultural and political
misunderstandings. Consider, for example, the word "republic," which
has in theory an identical Spanish-language equivalent-reputblica. In re-
ality, citizens of the United States and those of Mexico might identify
themselves as republicans in mutually compatible or contradictory ways,
depending upon their political objectives at a given time. When Jose
the Frontier," in Tejano Journey, 1770-1850, ed. Gerald E. Poyo (Austin: University of Texas Press,
1996), 15-30; Donald E. Chipman and Harriett Denise Joseph, 'Jose Bernardo Gutierrez de
Lara/Joaquin de Arredondo," in Chipman and Joseph, Notable Men and Women of Spanish Texas
(Austin: University of Texas Press, s99g), 226-249.
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