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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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The Poinsett Saga

The Poinsett Saga

(p.232) 9 The Poinsett Saga
A Life Together

Eric Van Young

Yale University Press

The chapter goes into detail about the tempestuous envoyship of Joel Poinsett, the undiplomatic American diplomatic representative to Mexico. He and Alamán developed a very conflictual relationship that in part was responsible for Alamán’s departure from the ministry in 1825 although the two men overlapped only for about six months; Poinsett was eventually recalled by his government at the request of Mexico in 1829. The influence of the establishment of York Rite Freemasonry in Mexico, introduced by Poinsett and which formed the basis for factional divisions in national politics, is discussed in depth.

Keywords:   Poinsett, Masonry, Factionalism, Texas

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