'El Proyecto Macnamara': The Maverick Irish Priest and the Race to Seize California 1844-1846

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This is the incredible story of Eugene Macnamara, a maverick young priest from County Clare in Ireland, whose audacious plan to establish a colony for Irish and British families in Alta California, Mexico's far northwestern territory, led to the Mexican-American War of 1846. After expulsion from his Paris seminary and parish service in western Ireland, Macnamara joined the British Guiana mission, which was a most challenging placement, but which formed his destiny. In 1844, he landed in Mexico and into the power struggle between Britain, Mexico, and the US for control of the Pacific coast of America. Macnamara quickly secured a license from the Mexican government to settle over 20,000 square miles of territory, with over 15,000 Irish and British settlers. However, his dream of a 'New Clare' or 'New Ireland' flourishing in the Californian heat was not shared by US President James Polk, who sought to prevent further British colonizing on the North American continent. The Mexican-American war followed and Macnamara, with his British-sponsored scheme, came to personify in American minds a political and commercial conspiracy between Britain and Mexico against the US. Mexico ceded California to the US in 1848 and Macnamara's dream died in the Californian dust. Undeterred by his failure in Mexico, he immediately embarked on a 'Macnamara Scheme II, ' in Chile. This is the fascinating story of a remarkable and little-known Irish priest whose controversial exploits brought him even the admiration of his enemies. *** "Irish historian Fox tells a remarkable tale, one certainly new to most Americans, even those who pursue history....essential reading for those seriously interested in the American expansion." -- The NYMAS Review, Autumn 2015-Winter 2016 [Subject: US History, Mexican History, 19th-Century Studies, Irish Studies]

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This is the story of Eugene Macnamara, a maverick young priest from Ennis, County Clare who sought to establish a colony for Irish families in the 1840s in Alta California, Mexico s far north-western territory. Had the 10,000 ready volunteers from Limerick, Clare and Cork of whom he boasted, actually arrived, a New Ennis , New Clare or New Ireland could have been born. His scheme failed when the US seized California in 1846. Macnamara life spanned half the globe and was dramatic: expulsion from a Paris seminary, a dash to Rome from Guiana to expose a convulsing mission, a year in revolutionary Mexico, two months in threatened California (backed by the Royal Navy) and asylum in Mexico City during the Mexican War, 1846-8. He followed it all with a Macnamara Scheme II in Chile. His arrival in Mexico, 1844, was at a time of tension between North America s landlords, Mexico, the US and Britain. His 1846 licence to settle 20,000 square miles with 15,000 settlers, was formalised by Mexico in 1847 and even qualified for a US hearing in 1852, but it was not appealed. British diplomats, merchants and bondholders supported him. When US President Polk learned of El Proyecto Macnamara he acted immediately to stop any British colonising in North America. In Washington, Macnamara personified at the highest levels a political and commercial conspiracy between Britain and Mexico against the US. This biography is the compelling story of this international Irishman and his lingering aftermath.

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John Fox has excavated ancient ball courtsin Central America, traced Marco Polo's route acrossChina, and bicycled Africa's Rift Valley in search ofhuman origins. He has contributed commentary to VermontPublic Radio as well as Smithsonian, Outside, andSalon, among other publications. He lives in Boston.

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