Occidente: Imprenta del supreme gobierno a cargo del C. Luis Villagra, 1830. pp. printed on. folded folio sheet. A couple small stains on first leaf, else clean and very good. Until 1830 the present Mexican states of Sonora and Sinaloa were combined as the state of Occidente. Little printing survives from that frontier state. This folded REPRESENTACION... was issued at the separation of the state into Sonora and Sinaloa. It relates to the dividing of commercial activities in the region by the building up of the port of Mazatlán in Sinaloa as a counterbalance to the ports of the state of Sonora. Reference is made to the incessant hostility of the "tribus bárbaras" of the region. This interesting decree sheds light on the circumstances under which the commerce of the region was to be regulated. At the time this document was printed, this was the westernmost printing press in North America. (Inventory #: WRCAM27015)
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