Bernardo Gutierrez de Lara was most definitely an interesting man. Born in a time where war was common in the world and influenced by the unhappy circumstances of his own people he grew up to live a very fascinating life. He lived during Mexico’s revolutionary times and he prospered more so than his fellow kin. He was a very smart man; very astute which is in essence what got him to the position as plenipotentiary to the United States. Of course it is important to note that he himself presented the idea to revolutionist leaders, mainly Miguel Hidalgo and volunteered to make the long and adverse journey to the United States as first official envoy of Hidalgo. He volunteered himself to this position because he thought in order to help obtain the freedom of his own people from Spanish rule they would not be able to do it entirely alone. He needed the support and help from their sister nation.
To get to the United States in the first place Don Bernardo had to gather gold and silver, followers, and of course the proper documentation that would prove his intentions and his official standing. Slowly but surely he acquired all of these things and he set off on the long journey to the United States. His trip was not easy as he was confronted a few times by opposition in various cities. In some cities he was well received and was lavishly treated although his trip was still dotted with hardships. The thing that impressed him the most and ultimately influenced him the most was the industriousness of the Virginians. He would want a similar fate for his own country, Mexico. After much hardship, many new acquaintances and friends, lavish dinners and cold nights Don Bernardo finally made it to Washington. While in Washington he was very generously and amiably received. He was presented with various opportunities to speak with Generals, the president, and congressmen. Although the United States could not and would not risk engaging in war with the Spanish they still...
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