In the wake of Mexican Independence (1821), the Mexican Army sought to create its own military instruction manuals to anchor a new modern curriculum predicated upon the European standards as developed during the Napoleonic Wars. This not only had obvious practical advantages, but as it helped to indoctrinate army officer cadets (the future leaders of the state), it was key to the concept of ‘nation building’ that was so critical to a new republic.
The text features detailed directions for infantry troops for how to perform reconnaissance, guard duty while at camp, securing prisoners, arranging picket lines, amongst other critical functions.
The 2 charmingly, but crudely, engraved plates feature keyed diagrams of suggested reconnaissance formations.
The work is very rare. We can locate only 4 institutional examples, held by the Sutro Library (California State Library); University of California-Berkeley; Georgetown University and Baylor University. Moreover, we can trace only a single sales record for another example in recent years.
References: Sutro Library (California State Library): UD166 .I57 1826; University of California-Berkeley (Bancroft Library): UA603 .M46 1826; Georgetown University: UD470 .I59; Baylor University: UD166 .I57 1826.