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Collection Reference Number GLC00267.108
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1843 
Title Taking possession of Monterey: Message from the President of the United States
Date 22 February 1843
Author Tyler, John (1790-1862)  
Document Type Pamphlet; Government document
Content Description Message confirming the unauthorized invasion and possession of Monterey, California, by Captain Thomas ap Catesby Jones. Announces Jones' recall and asks that all correspondence relating to his tour in the Mexican territories be investigated. Those related papers are included in this pamphlet. Pamphlet lacks a proper cover.
Subjects President  Military History  Latin and South America  Navy  Westward Expansion  Mexican War  Global History and Civics  Government and Civics  
People Tyler, John (1790-1862)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; Westward Expansion; The Presidency; The Mexican War
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information U.S. Navy Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones, commander of the Pacific Squadron, mistakenly believed the United States and Mexico were at war. El Castillo, a Mexican fort, was renamed Fort Catesby (popularly called Jones' Fort in many journals of the day) and remained such for one day, until Jones learned of his error, apologized, and reinstated the Mexican standard.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859