Mexico Colonization Papers
Identifier: Manuscripts-Collection 85
Scope and Contents
1887-1889. Documents on investment projects or schemes for colonizing land in Mexico, especially Chiapas, with concessions from the government under Porfirio Diaz, letters, contracts, descriptions of timberland, and cost estimates. Promoters are John S. Morris, in the U.S., and Jose Mora and Manuel Ramirez Varela in Mexico. Land in Durango and Mexico is also for sale. 35 pieces. This is a collection of documents, letters, contracts, concessions, and agreements, which have to do with the organization of companies, both Mexican and American, to acquire huge tracts of land in Chiapas and also Tabasco, Oaxaca, and Veracruz through concessions from the government of Porfirio Diaz. The lands are to be colonized with Mexican nationals for the purpose of cutting timber and the development of agriculture, mining, manufacturing, and commerce. Passing mention is given to payment of Indian villages for lands. Cost estimates for colonization, subsidies expected from the government, and investment opportunities are outlined. These are all schemes and projects; there is no documentation on any company in operation.
Conditions Governing Access
Open to the public. No known restrictions.
1 Hollinger box with 24 folders
Existence and Location of Originals
multi-part note content
- Archon Finding Aid Title
- Ruth Olivera, August 1989
- Description rules
- Other Unmapped
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