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La Costa de Sotavento, Estado de Veracruz, Mexico

The collection includes a signed 22-page holographic manuscript containing a detailed description of the southern coastal region of Veracruz with a view to the full utilization and development of its natural resource, which was probably commissioned by a government agency. Ignacio Garfias, an engineer, stresses the potential use of the region's various waterways to transport merchandise to the ports, especially Alvarado. Until now, commerce had been carried out by Cuban and American ships on the San Juan River. He states that improved waterways would make high-quality fish and agricultural crops available, such as cotton, tobacco, coffee, cocoa, sugar cane, rice, and beans. These crops, which until now were barely cultivated, could be greatly increased if the government provided for immigrant agricultural labor. The collection is in Spanish.