Monclava: 1835. Printed broadside, 8.5 x 12.25 inches. In Spanish. Small repaired loss at top center, costing a small amount of the printed seal, later marginal ink notations, entirely laid down on silk, old folds. Good. Item #2114
A rare printed broadside advertising an agricultural fair in Monclova, in the state of Coahuila y Tejas in August 1835. The annual fair is presented to sell the "productions of the country which are cottons, skins, wool, rope, lead, etc. at reasonable prices and free of taxes" (translated from the Spanish text). The text also claims that "Las ventajas que proporciona el pais para los viajeros son immejorables" ["the advantages the country provides for the traveler are unequaled"]. Travel around Mexican Texas was becoming more widely known and practiced among Anglo-Americans, Mexican citizens, and increasing amounts of immigrants from various European countries. The broadside is signed in type by the mayor of Monclova, Jose Maria Cardenas, and his secretary, Jose Rendon. Interestingly, the fair advertised here came in the immediate runup to the Texas Revolution; the battles of Gonzales and Goliad would ignite the war less than two months after this broadside was printed. It is also notable that cotton is mentioned prominently among the products to be offered at the fair; cotton was the biggest cash crop in Mexican Texas, particularly for those who retained slaves up to and after the Texas Revolution. No copies in OCLC.