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EL Proyecto Macnamara: A Maverick Irish Priest in the Race to Seize California 1844-1846

EL Proyecto Macnamara: A Maverick Irish Priest in the Race to Seize California 1844-1846

John Fox

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Hardback limited edition. Sensational story of a young priest from Co Clare who found himself at the centre of monumental events taking place on the west coast of North America at the time of the Great Famine in Ireland.

This is the story of Eugene Macnamara, a maverick young priest from Ennis County Clare who, in the 1840s, sought to establish a colony for Irish families in the San Joaquin Valley of Alta California, Mexico's far north-western territory. Had he succeeded, a region presumably named New Ennis, New Clare or New Ireland would have been born.

Sadly his scheme failed due to the taking of California by the US Government in 1846, but Macnamara's life encompassed a wealth of experience and intrigue, leaving evidence of his endeavours dispersed across the globe - Hawaii, Rome, Paris, Mexico, Chile, London. From expulsion from his Paris seminary to sailing from North America - having helped provoke the US-Mexican War - Macnamara caused controversy and strife wherever he went.

Arriving in Mexico in 1844 with an ambitious proposal to settle a colony of Irish and British families in Alta California at a time of fenceless and unfriendly relations between North America's landlords - Mexico, the US and Britain - he remarkably secured a license from the Mexican Government to settle over 20,000 square miles of territory for 15,000 settlers.

However, his arrival soon sparked the interest of US President Polk who sought to pre-empt any British colonies from getting a grasp of American soil. The US-Mexican war ensued and Macnamara came to personify, in American minds, a political and commercial conspiracy between Britain and Mexico against the US. Macnamara's legacy can be traced all over the globe and this biography provides the compelling story of a fascinating Irish individual.

Table of Contents Introduction: Tracing Eugene Macnamara ~ The Dossier - The Coordinates - The Final 'Exeat' - A Different Age 1. Colonisers, Missioners, Traders and Cannon ~ The Prize - British Designs on Alta California - British Agent or Papal Missioner ? - St Patrick's on the Jumna - Footprints in Latin America - The London Bondholders - The Commercial Grip - Monroe's Doctrine, Polk's Destiny - 'Paper Empires', 'Palaces in the Desert', 'Tables in the Wilderness' - Project Macnamara 2. Expulsion and Exeat: Paris and Ireland 1814-41 ~ County Clare - 'Liberator' O'Connell - Rue des Irlandais - Kilkee and Michael Comyn - Borrisokane - Bishop Clancy's Mission - The Imprest Volunteer 3. Mission and Mayhem: British Guiana 1841-44 ~ Unease - Bishop Clancy's Regime - Guiana Immigration - Bishop Clancy to Rome - Mr Macnamara to Rome - Confrontation - Implosion - Bishop Hynes Established - The Poison Pen 4. Proyecto: Mexico City 1844-45 ~ Why Mexico ? - Macnamara's New Direction - Alexander Forbes' Proposal 1839 - The Bondholders' Option, 1837-47 - Robert Wyllie's Proposal 1843 - Macnamara's Petition 1845 - Ewen MacKintosh's Proposal 1845 - 'Urgent' - American 'Methodist Wolves' - Mexico's Own Colonists 5. Pacific Tensions: Mexico, Washington, London, 1845-6 ~ Iniestra's California Battalion - Mexican Approval - Washington hears of 'McNamarrah' - Dictator Paredes' Coup - London closes Ears - Alta California - The Dictator's Support - Rumour and Distortion - Macnamara to the Pacific - The Mine 6. Ration Strength, Royal Navy: Alta California 1846 ~ Bishop Clancy's Last Voyage - Admiral Seymour at Mazatlan - The Mercury Syndicate -'London Emigration Society' ? - Santa Barbara:The Aborted Consejo - The Macnamara Concession

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Author John Fox
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 5 Jun 2014
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781908928740

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