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date: 21 May 2019

Lucas Alamán and 19th-Century Monarchism in Mexico 

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture
Miguel SotoMiguel Soto

When Lucas Alamán was born in Guanajuato in 1792, the city and the region enjoyed an outstanding mining boom for New Spain’s—as Mexico was named then—standards. The abundance of wealth and silver made the distinguished visitor Alexander von Humboldt a decade later say “Silao, Guanajuato and the Village of León, surround the most wealthy mines of the known world”; indeed, Alamán’s family was a beneficiary of such abundance, and of its roller coaster risks as well. As such, he got to know well the local elite, particularly the Spanish intendant Juan Antonio Riaño and the enlightened priest Manuel Abad y Queipo—later elected bishop of Michoacán—who pointed out the abysmal inequities of New Spain’s society and the need to alleviate them, and also Father Miguel Hidalgo, the future leader of Mexican independence.... ...

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