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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.


  • 1887-1889

Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.


35.00 Pieces

Arrangement Note

1 Hollinger box with 24 folders

Existence and Location of Originals

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Archon Finding Aid Title
Ruth Olivera, August 1989
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

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