First impressions : Henry George Ward's Mexico in 1827
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Henry George Ward’s Mexico in 1827 (published in 1828) is one of the most exhaustive accounts of Mexico and its mining activities in the years following its independence from Spain. Written with a meticulous attention to detail it provided a unique first hand interpretation of both Mexico’s early governments’ achievements together with the not insignificant problems they had as yet to overcome. It highlighted the risks and opportunities Mexico presented potential British investors with an emphasis on the benefits of free trade, the need for patience, and how important it was to become meaningfully-acquainted with the country before investing in one or several ventures there. This study provides for the first time an analysis of Ward’s two volume survey-cum-travelogue. It shows how Ward’s cautiously optimistic appraisal faithfully reflected the short-lived hopes of Guadalupe Victoria’s 1824-29 government, providing a sympathetic account of the young republic that would prove anything but common in subsequent British representations of Mexico as the country’s inability to service the London debt and its ensuing instability went on to hinder British-Mexican relations for the greater part of the nineteenth century.
Fowler , W 2018 , ' First impressions : Henry George Ward's Mexico in 1827 ' Journal of Latin American Studies , vol 50 , no. 2 , pp. 265-289 . DOI: 10.1017/S0022216X1700075X
Journal of Latin American Studies
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