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A Life TogetherLucas Alaman and Mexico, 1792-1853$
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Eric Van Young

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300233919

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300233919.001.0001

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An Old and Distinguished Family

An Old and Distinguished Family

(p.13) 1 An Old and Distinguished Family
A Life Together

Eric Van Young

Yale University Press

This chapter begins by introducing Alamán’s unpublished fragment of a personal memoir (1834), a key document in this biographical study. The social structure of the Guanajuato of his childhood is described. His family history in Spain and France going back to the15th century is traced, including the nobility on his mother’s side going back to her great-grandfather, a silver baron. In an elegiac tone the memoir recalls the titled silver aristocracy of Alamán’s youth and the fading of the family fortune over several generations, evoking the status loss that drove so many of his actions as an entrepreneur and public figure. The career of his father, who arrived in Mexico and married a wealthy young widow, is narrated, and the intra-family struggles over inheritance that followed his death.

Keywords:   Guanajuato, Silver, aristocracy, Spain

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