Puebla oder Der Schatz der Ynkas
Political complications between 1861 and 1867 led French troops, under the command of Marshall Bazaine and inspired by the enthusiasm of Napoleon III, to invade Mexico in 1862. Puebla, initially the centre of resistance to the French conquerors and the Austrian Emperor Maximilian (from 1863 Emperor Max of Mexico), fell in 1863 and was taken by the invaders. The former post-office clerk and journalist Hermann Goedsche, who had been writing sensational political novels since 1855, wanted to use these events as the theme for his 3-volume novel Puebla but could not get beyond the adventure of another French “Mexico expedition” which seemed like a novel in itself: Count Gaston de Raousset-Boulbon led an invasion of the Mexican province of Sonora which resembled a raid and a hunt for gold. In 1854 the Count was executed for his role in a political intrigue. Although in 1858-1859 Goedsche, under his pseudonym “Sir John Retcliffe”, had already depicted in freely exaggerated form Raousset-Boulbon’s departure from San Francisco with his “troop”, Puebla is still an utterly gripping adventure story, which had little to do with historical events but which inspired other authors – a true 19th-century “ripping yarn”, now once again available in this reprint of the original edition.