Macnamara's Irish Colony and the United States Taking of California in 1846

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McFarland, 2000 - History - 230 pages
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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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Contents

One Missioners Merchants Colonists
9
Two The Outcast Ireland 18141841
30
Three Mission and Misadventure British Guiana
49
Four The Maverick Mexico 18441845
75
Five Mariana Mexico 18451846
98
Six The Dealer Mexican California 1846
120
Seven Contract U S California Hawaii Mexico 1846
144
Eight The Demon Mexico Washington
168
Nine UtopiaNo Such Place California 1852
193
Notes
211
Index
225
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