Academic journal article Military Review

Proclamation of Brigadier General Stephen W. Kearny to the People of Las Vegas, 15 August 1846

Academic journal article Military Review

Proclamation of Brigadier General Stephen W. Kearny to the People of Las Vegas, 15 August 1846

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Mr. Acalde, and people of New Mexico: I have come amongst you by the orders of my government to take possession of your country.... We come as friends-not as enemies; as protectors, not as conquerors. We come among you for your benefit-not for your injury. Henceforth, I absolve you from all allegiance to the Mexican government, and from all obedience to General Armiljo. He is no longer your governor. I am your governor. I shall not expect you to take up arms and follow me to fight your own people, who may oppose me; but I now tell you that those of you who remain peaceably at home, tending to their crops and herds, shall be protected by me in their property, their persons and their religion. Not a pepper nor an onion shall be disturbed or taken by my troops without pay or by the consent of the owner. But listen! He who promises to be quiet and is found in arms against me, I will hang.

From the Mexican government you have never received protection. The Apaches and Navajos come down from the mountain and carry off your sheep, and even your women, whenever they please. My government will correct all this. It will keep off the Indians, protect you and your persons and property and, I repeat again, will protect you in your religion. …

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