Correspondence, commonplace book, miscellaneous accounts 1862-1880, programs,
clippings, and maps of Honduras relating to the career of Jose Lopez Uraga, diplomat and soldier, in
Mexico, Guatemala, and California. Collection includes letters from Maximilian, Porfirio Diaz, Benito
Juarez, F. Parraga, Matias Romero, Marco Soto, one from Zelia Nuttall Pinart, and others.
José López Uraga, Mexican soldier and diplomat, was born in Valladolid, Morelia in
1810. He fought against the United States in 1847, helped establish the Santa Anna government, and
during the Guerra de Reforma engaged on the side of the constitutionalists, losing a leg in combat. He
was Mexican Minister to Germany in 1854 and 1855. During the War of Intervention, he served as
general-in-chief of the Army of the West, and later as commanding general in Jalisco. He later served
under Maximilian, becoming his aide-de-camp and marching to Yucatan. When he went to Guatemala in 1873,
his mission was to organize and strengthen the army there. It was at this time that he wrote several
books on military subjects. López Uraga then settled in San Francisco around 1877, where he
had hoped to obtain the Mexican consulship and to be reinstated as a Mexican citizen. And it was in San
Francisco that he died in 1885, having been unsuccessful in both these attempts.
Number of containers: 2 boxes
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