By Mary Ashley Townsend
Mary Ashley Townsend used to be a novelist, newspaper columnist, and poet laureate of latest Orleans who made a number of journeys to Mexico together with her daughter Cora over the last twenty years of the nineteenth century. She gathered her impressions of many features of existence in that country—flora, fauna, structure, humans at paintings and play, model, society, food—and wrote approximately them in the course of a time whilst few ladies engaged in solo go back and forth, less the pursuit of go back and forth writing. Her accumulated paintings used to be nonetheless in growth while she died in a educate twist of fate in 1901, and used to be by no means published.
Renowned Latin Americanist Ralph Lee Woodward Jr. stumbled on Townsend’s manuscript, besides a few of the author’s own papers, within the unique Collections department of Tulane University’s Howard-Tilton Library. as well as annotating the textual content, he has written a serious creation to the paintings that gives very good heritage information regarding the writer and locations the paintings in its historic and cultural context.
Townsend’s writing offers an strange female viewpoint on Mexico as she describes the rustic throughout the center years of the Porfirio Diaz dictatorship, a pivotal time in Mexican heritage. even though Townsend doesn't delve seriously into politics her observations of people’s lives offer a worthwhile resource for social historians of the period.
Here and There in Mexico will make new contribution to the sector of Latin American stories and to the trip literature style, either as a main resource for historians and as a well-written account of a southern woman’s impressions of Mexico in the course of an important interval in that country’s development.