Macnamara's Irish Colony and the United States Taking of California in 1846
In 1844, Eugene Macnamara, an Irish priest with a shadowy history, began promoting his plan to create an Irish colony in California. In both Washington and Mexico, Macnamara and his plan were viewed as suspicious, even dangerous, yet once the U.S. war with Mexico gained California for the United States, the priest and his plan were largely forgotten. Both period documents and new discoveries make a valuable resource for understanding American, Mexican, and Irish history. Illustrations and maps offer a fascinating glimpse of real history that nearly created a very different present.
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One Missioners Merchants Colonists
Two The Outcast Ireland 18141841
Three Mission and Misadventure British Guiana
Four The Maverick Mexico 18441845
Five Mariana Mexico 18451846
Six The Dealer Mexican California 1846
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