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In the final year of his rule, the Mexican dictator makes a consular appointment to Chile, also signed by novelist and academic Federico Gamboa, serving temporarily as Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs. (A 19x15½ document)
Diplomatic Appointment signed: "Porfirio Díaz" as President of Mexico, 1 page, 19x15½ Mexico City, 1910 April 8. Also signed "F. Gamboa" as Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs. Partly printed document appointing Don Raben as Vice Consul for the city of Taltal, Chile. PORFIRIO DÍAZ (1830-1915) fought in the Mexican War (1846-1848), in the War of the Reform in support of Benito Juárez (1857-1860) and in the struggle against the French (1861-1867). He ran unsuccessfully for President against Juárez in 1871. In 1876, Díaz overthrew President Lerdo de Tejada and was elected President, serving from 1877 to 1880 and 1884 to 1911. His administrations were marked by peace and material prosperity with foreign investment but also by dictatorial methods. There was little improvement in the lives of the peasants and Díaz was finally forced to resign in a revolt led by Francisco Madero. When he signed this document, Díaz was losing his grip on power. Francisco Madero, opponent of Díaz in a rigged Presidential election, was calling for the regime's overthrow, and regional rebellions were underway led by Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata and Pablo Orozco. On May 25, 1911, Díaz resigned the Presidency, and fled to Paris, where he died in 1915. FEDERICO GAMBOA (1864-1939), a Mexican academic and novelist, served briefly as Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs for a month (April 10 - May 10, 1910). (Díaz was reshuffling his Cabinet in a vain attempt to retain power.) Although critical of some of the dictator's policies, Gamboa had generally supported his rule. Gamboa would serve - again briefly - as Secretary of Foreign Affairs under President Victoriana Huerta (August - September 1913). Multiple folds. Holes where folds meet. Frayed at top edge. Corners and edges worn. Small holes throughout. Toned. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: September 15, 1830 in Oaxaca, Mexico
Died: July 2, 1915 in Paris, France

Born: December 22, 1864 in Mexico City, Mexico
Died: August 15, 1939 in Mexico City, Mexico

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