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As it was brought up by both Dr. Stockton and Dr. Evans (and even other blog posts), Imperium in Imperio was “odd.” It was a very interesting read for me, as I have not read a novel in that style before. I enjoyed the way that we were allowed into the character’s heads very much. Reading “Sutton Griggs and the Borderlands of Empire” was very interesting as well. I had to reread the first paragraph multiple times because I was so amazed by what it said, and that I had never heard of the “Plan de San Diego” or of this revolutionary army that was to reclaim the States.

Reading about the border issues was really fascinating for me. There are many points that Dr. Levander brought up that I had never really thought about, specifically about the border being “subject to geographical disputes and struggles… among multiple, at times overlapping, nations, races, and ethnicities. (page 58)” The border issue today is mostly focused on Anglo/Hispanic interactions, but it hasn’t always been that way. In our research, we came across information that revealed that many African-American slaves in Texas fled to Mexico rather than to the northern United States.

My question is: How far did the Plan de San Diego actually go? Were there areas set up in hopes of becoming an independent nation? Were North American males over the age of 16 put to death? And do you feel that Griggs’ novel anyway influenced the revolutionary actions?

EDIT: Heres a link to the Texas State Historical Association’s article on the Plan de San Diego.

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  1. April 10, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Thank you for posting a link for the Plan de San Diego, it clarified a lot of questions I had. Great question(s) BTW.

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