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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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(p.123) 5 Brothers
A Life Together

Eric Van Young

Yale University Press

This chapter traces the life and career of Alamán’s half-brother, his elder by twenty years, the child of his mother’s first marriage. This was the priest Juan Bautista Arechederreta (1771-1836), who rose to occupy several high posts in the Mexican Catholic Church, including a canonry in the Mexico City cathedral. The brothers were reasonably close (if never intimates) after an 1804 family reconciliation over inheritance issues. Arechederreta probably helped his younger half-brother along professionally, almost certainly quashing an Inquisition inquiry about the young Alamán’s heterodox reading habits. The priest kept a journal during much of the insurgency, a major source of material for his younger brother’s great historical work of 1848-1852, and was something of a scholar in his own right.

Keywords:   Church, Insurgency, Inquisition

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