A Drama in Mexico
|"A Drama in Mexico"|
Illustration by Jules Férat, 1876
|Original title||"Un drame au Mexique"|
|Translator||W. H. G. Kingston (1876)|
|Genre(s)||historical short story|
|Published in||Musée des familles|
|Published in English||1876|
"A Drama in Mexico" (French: Un drame au Mexique) is a historical short story by Jules Verne, first published in July 1851 under the title "The First Ships of the Mexican Navy" ("L'Amérique du Sud. Etudes historiques. Les Premiers Navires de la Marine Mexicaine").
In 1825, off the islands of Guam on a passage from Spain, Lieutenant Martinez, and his associates plot a mutiny on board of two Spanish warships. Conspirators murder Captain Don Orteva, take command of the ships, and plan to sell them to the republican government in Mexico. But on arrival in Acapulco, Lieutenant Martinez and Jose are forced to embark on a cross-country trip to Mexico City that proves fatal to both.[clarification needed]
The story was first published in July 1851 under the title "The First Ships of the Mexican Navy" ("L'Amérique du Sud. Etudes historiques. Les Premiers Navires de la Marine Mexicaine") in Musée des familles with three illustrations by Eugène Forest and Alexandre de Bar. The renamed and revised version, with six illustrations by Jules Férat, was published in 1876 together with the novel Michel Strogoff as a part of the Voyages Extraordinaires series. The first English translation by W. H. G. Kingston was published in 1876.
as "The Mutineers: A Romance of Mexico" (translated by W. H. G. Kingston) in
- 1876 - Michael Strogoff, the Courier of the Czar; and The Mutineers: A Romance of Mexico, London: Sampson Low
- 1877 - New York: Scribners (translation "revised" by Julius Chambers)
as "The Mutineers, or A Tragedy of Mexico" in
- 1911 - Works of Jules Verne, Vol. 1, New York: Vincent Parke, ed. Charles F. Horne
as "A Drama in Mexico" in
- 1964 - Dr. Ox, and Other Stories, London: Arco/Westport, CT: Associated Booksellers: Fitzroy Edition, ed. I. O. Evans
as "The First Ships of the Mexican Navy" in
- 1999 - The Eternal Adam, and Other Stories, London: Phoenix, ed. Peter Costello
- Letter from Jules Verne to his father, dated March, 1851. Reprinted in "Jules Verne: 63 Letters," Bulletin de la Société Jules Verne 11-13 (1938): 64.
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