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3. Every vessel, whether national or foreign, in which slaves may
be transported and introduced into the Mexican territories, shall be
confiscated with the rest of its cargo-and the owner, purchaser, cap-
tain, master, and pilot, shall suffer the punishment of ten years' con-
The Constitution of Coahuila and Texas, promulgated on the 11llth
of March, 1827, also contains this important article:
"13. In this state no person shall be born a slave after this Consti-
tution is published in the capital of each district, and six months there-
after, neither will the introduction of slaves be permitted under any
[Translated from page 149, Vol. V, Mexican Laws.]
DECREE OF PRESIDENT GUERRERO.
Abolition of Slavery.
The President of the United Mexican States, to the inhabitants of
Be it known: That in the year 1829, being desirous of signalizing
the anniversary of our Independence by an act of national Justice and
Beneficence, which may contribute to the strength and support of such
inestimable welfare, as to secure more and more the public tranquility,
and reinstate an unfortunate portion of our inhabitants in the sacred
rights granted them by nature, and may be protected by the nation,
under wise and just laws, according to the provision in article 30 of the
Constitutive act; availing myself of the extraordinary faculties granted
me, I have thought proper to decree:
1. That slavery be exterminated in the republic.
2. Consequently those are free, who, up to this day, have been
looked upon as slaves.
3. Whenever the circumstances of the public treasury will allow it,
the owners of slaves shall be indemnified, in the manner which the
laws shall provide.
Mexico, 15th Sept. 1829, A. D.
JOSE MARIA de BOCANEGRA.
[Translation of part of the law of April 6th, 1830, prohibiting the
migration of citizens of the United States to Texas.]
ART. 9. On the northern frontier, the entrance of foreigners shall be
prohibited, under all pretexts whatever, unless they be furnished with
passports, signed by the agents of the republic, at the places whence
ART. 10. There shall be no variation with regard to the colonies
already established, nor with regard to the slaves that may be in them;
but the general government, or the particular state government, shaU
take care, under the strictest responsibility, that the colonization laws be
obeyed, and that NO MORE SLAVES BE INTRODUCED.
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