Lower California - Mexico Land Promotional
LOWER CALIFORNIA - MEXICO LAND PROMOTIONAL
(Baja California - MexicoLand Promotional) Sisson, Major George H. and Luis Huller. LOWER CALIFORNIA. SOME DESCRIPTION OF THE LANDS OWNED AND FOR SALE BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMPANY OF MEXICO. For particulars apply to THE LONDON AGENCY OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPANY OF MEXICO 39,  pp. One large folding lithographed map 11 x 8.75 in. From the library of B.[ascom] A.[sbury] Stephens (1855-1913), journalist, lapsed Seventh-Day Adventist minister, and reporter and editor for several newspapers in Los Angeles during the 1880s, who was a key figure in the Filibuster Plot of 1890 staged out of San Diego, CA to annex Baja California to the United States, and in fact was slated to be the Secretary of State of the proposed Republic. First edition of this scarce land promotion touting the economic opportunities to be found in Baja, Mexico in 1886. In the late 1870s and early 1880s the Mexican government was having little success in colonizing and developing the empty expanses in Baja, so in 1883, the Law of Colonization was passed permitting foreigners to acquire through concessions huge tracts of land. In 1884 Sisson and Huller obtained a concession in Baja California including the island of Cedros, purchased the concession of Adolfo Bulle, eventually accumulating over 18 million acres. They formed the International Company of Mexico in Hartford, CT in 1885, and quickly established offices in Ensenada, San Diego, Hartford, New York, and London. This work describes the agricultural products, feed conditions, mining opportunities, favorable tax rates, and more. The map highlights the lands in Baja offered by the company, and shows the railroad connections necessary to reach Baja California. Barrett (Supplement), Baja, 3767; Worldcat locates 1 copy (Huntington); See: Maria Eugenia Bonifaz de Novelo, Ensenada, Journal of San Diego History, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Winter, 1984); Bascom Asbury Cecil Stephens, The Stephens Family, A Genealogy of the Descendants of Joshua Stevens (1910); Greg Niemann, The Filibuster of 1890 -- Plotting to Annex Baja, BajaBound (2017). Ownership stamp on front cover & title, 1 page with pencil annotations. Overall in vg cond.