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Auction 193, Lot 744

Important New Mexico & Arizona Territorial Formation Document

"[New Mexico & Arizona] New Mexico – Convention of Delegates. Journal and Proceedings of a Convention of Delegates ... Presenting a Plan for a Civil Government of Said Territory of New Mexico, and Asking the Action Congress Thereon", U.S. Government

Subject: Document - New Mexico & Arizona

Period: 1850 (published)

Publication: H.R. Misc. Doc. 39, 31st Congress, 1st Session

Color: Black & White

5.7 x 8.9 inches
14.5 x 22.6 cm
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This important document in New Mexico and Arizona history calls for a territorial government and military force to be established to protect “against the various barbarous tribes of Indians that surround us on every side” which prevent further settlements and render “utterly futile every attempt to explore or develop the great resources of the territory.” Even worse, “…without adequate protection…our flocks and herds are driven off by the thousands, our fellow citizens…are murdered or carried into captivity; many of our citizens of all ages and sexes are at this moment suffering all the horrors of barbarous bondage…a condition to which death would be preferable…” The Territory of New Mexico was established later in 1850 extending from Texas to California, as requested by the Convention. The names of the delegates are listed. 13 pages, disbound.


Condition: B

There is minor foxing with some light toning along the sheet edges.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/21/2023