Los millones de la Mesilla, y sus misterios
B. M. L.
Authored by the effectively-anonymous ‘B.M.L.’, this work examines the complicated maneuvers and secretive negotiations between agents of the US and Mexican governments regarding the sale of Mexican territory. At its most ambitious the plan called for the sale of much of northern Mexico, including the states of Sonora, Chihuahua, and Coahuila, but was eventually scaled back to the Valle de Mesilla, which runs between Mexico and Arizona. The deep involvement of Santa Anna, along with some of his closest associates, combined with his perpetual need for finances, cast the entire enterprise under a cloud of suspicion and the author suggests that the real or perceived corruption only served to entrench the uneasy relationship between the two countries, while eroding trust between the Mexican people and their officials.
- Translation is available at http://hdl.handle.net/1911/36222