Reconnaissance in Sonora: Charles D. Poston's 1854 Exploration of Mexico and the Gadsden Purchase by C. Gilbert StormsReconnaissance in Sonora: Charles D. Poston's 1854 Exploration of Mexico and the Gadsden Purchase by C. Gilbert Storms

Reconnaissance in Sonora: Charles D. Poston's 1854 Exploration of Mexico and the Gadsden Purchase

byC. Gilbert Storms

Hardcover | March 5, 2015

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In 1854, funded by a syndicate of San Francisco businessmen, Charles D. Poston and a party of twenty-five men launched an expedition from San Francisco to Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico, before trekking north into Arizona and returning to California. Reconnaissance in Sonora brings to light Poston’s handwritten report to the syndicate about the journey, published here for the first time.

Poston led his party through Sonora and the territory of the 1854 Gadsden Purchase, which today encompasses southern Arizona and a portion of southern New Mexico. The syndicate’s charge to the young adventurer was to acquire land in Mexico in anticipation of the Gadsden Purchase and the building of the transcontinental railroad. Reconnaissance in Sonora details Poston’s expedition, including the founding of the town of Colorado City at the site of present-day Yuma, Arizona.

C. Gilbert Storms explores the American ideas of territorial expansion and Manifest Destiny, the national debate over a route for a transcontinental railroad, the legends of rich gold and silver mines in northern Mexico, and the French and American filibusters that plagued northern Mexico in the early 1850s.
C. Gilbert Storms taught American literature and writing for twenty-nine years at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He now lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he researches and writes about Arizona history.
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Title:Reconnaissance in Sonora: Charles D. Poston's 1854 Exploration of Mexico and the Gadsden PurchaseFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.26 × 6.16 × 0.67 inPublished:March 5, 2015Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816531498

ISBN - 13:9780816531493

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“Well researched, well documented, and well written.”—Western Historical Quarterly

“A richly detailed and fascinating story of the life and career of one of Arizona’s most significant figures.”—Southwestern Historical Quarterly