Records of the Department of State relating to the first Panama Congress, 1825-1827 [electronic resource].

[Farmington, Mich. : Gale Cengage Learning, 2011.]
1 online resource (319 p.)


Summary note
Digitized version of microfilm collection featuring the the extant records containing relating to the Congress of Panama, which met at Panama, Colombia (now in the Republic of Panama) from June 22 to July 15, 1826. The Congress had been proposed by Simón Bolívar, in a letter of December 1, 1824, with the purpose that the American states consider and adopt a plan for their defense against foreign aggression. Great Britain, Great Colombia, Mexico, Peru, the United Provinces of Central America, and the United States sent delegates to the Congress, and the Netherlands sent an observer. The delegates appointed by the United States were Richard C. Anderson and John Sergeant. Because Anderson died on his way to the Congress and Sergeant's departure from the United States was delayed, the Congress was held without representation from the United States. When the Congress adjourned on July 15, 1826, it was intended that the delegates should report to their respective governments and, after receiving further instructions, attend the next meeting to be held at Tacubaya, Mexico. The United States sent Sergeant to Mexico as a representative, but the Congress failed to reconvene and he returned to the United States. These records include copies of letters and some originals regarding the appointment of U.S. delegates to the Congress; instructions to aid reports from the delegates of the United States; correspondence with the delegates of other countries; invitations for the United States to participate in the Congress; correspondence of the delegation with the Foreign Office in Mexico; copies of correspondence of the Minister to Mexico Joel Poinsett with representatives to the Congress after it had adjourned from Panama to meet at Tacubaya; and a copy of a signed (but unratified) treaty of July 15, 1826, between Mexico, Great Colombia, the United Provinces of Central America, and Peru.
  • Source library: U.S. National Archives.
  • Historical coverage of the period 1825-1827.
  • Areas of research supported by this collection include: Anderson, Richard C.; First Panama Congress; Great Britain's involvement in Panama; Poinsett, Joel; Sergeant, John; Treaty of 1826 (Unratified); United Provinces of Central America; and Verveer, Jan (Colonel).
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