Lot 1044: Tehuantepec Co., 1853 Issued Bond
October 25, 2016
Fort Lee, NJ, USALive Auction
Description: New Orleans, Louisiana. 125 Pounds Sterling I/U 7% Bond. Black print with simple black border and a red under print. Vignettes frame the border of the certificate including George Washington, two allegorical figures flanking the Mexican Seal, and a locomotive. All coupons attached at bottom of certificate. The Tehuantepec Company was formed as a result of a grant given to Don Jose de Goray by in 1842 by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the President of the Republic of Mexico. The grant stated the purpose of the company was to open "a line of communication...between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, through the Isthmus of Tehuantepec." Through a combination of canals, railroads and steam-carriages, the Tehuantepec Company would provide a fast, commercially feasible link between the two oceans opening a profitable Asiatic trade via San Francisco and Tehuantepec. Support of the concept was widespread and included Judah Benjamin, President Fillmore, Daniel Webster and numerous other notables. Unfortunately, the company dissolved amid a rivalry between the promoters and ultimately, financial failure. An attempt at resurrecting the company was begun with four rival groups claiming ownership to de Goray's original grant in 1842. An extremely historic forerunner to the Panama Canal.