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Estudios de historia moderna y contemporánea de México

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MEDINA REYES, Gerardo Manuel. Migration to Mexico Seen through Passenger Lists, 1822-1870. Estud. hist. mod. contemp. Mex [online]. 2024, n.67, pp.193-225.  Epub Apr 05, 2024. ISSN 0185-2620.

The text analyzes the men and women who purchased a ship ticket to sail the Atlantic and the Pacific and disembark in the Mexican ports of Matamoros, Tampico, Veracruz, Campeche, Guaymas, Mazatlan, San Blas and Acapulco in the period of 1822-1870. The article posits that the passengers were heterogeneous both in their origins and in their composition. It emphasizes that the travellers were foreigners, mostly, and Mexicans, and did not belong exclusively to the mercantile or diplomatic sector. Serial and quantitative methods are used to detect trends and go beyond individual cases. The National General Archive of Mexico and the 19th century press are the primary sources. It concludes that Mexico was a cosmopolitan country that maintained contact with various corners of the world and that it is feasible to offer an overview of the flow of passengers that crossed the Mexican maritime borders in the 19th century.

Keywords : Mexico; Veracruz; ships; foreigners; passenger lists; migration; passports.

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