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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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Years of Pilgrimage, First Steps in Politics, and a Betrothal (1816–1823)

Years of Pilgrimage, First Steps in Politics, and a Betrothal (1816–1823)

(p.65) 3 Years of Pilgrimage, First Steps in Politics, and a Betrothal (1816–1823)
A Life Together

Eric Van Young

Yale University Press

This chapter sees Alamán through most of the decade 1814-1823 as he traveled and studied in Europe, travels that can be traced in some detail through his surviving passports and visas. He visited many of the major cities in the region, among them Paris, London, Madrid, and spent time in Italy and Germany. Along the way he met a number of the outstanding literary and scientific figures of the age, such as Alexander von Humboldt and Madame de Staël, and found himself once again in Paris during the return of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815. He returned briefly to New Spain in 1820 to be betrothed to Narcisa Castrillo and occupy two minor political posts before being elected a deputy to the Spanish imperial Cortes (diet) in Madrid. He departed for Spain late in 1820 and would be gone for two years.

Keywords:   Humboldt, Cortes, Paris, Madrid

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