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Original title  "Un drame au Mexique"
Language  French
Publication date  1851
Originally published  1851
Illustrator  Jules Férat
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Country  France
Publication type  Periodical
Published in English  1876
Author  Jules Verne
Published in  Musée des familles
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Translator  William Henry Giles Kingston
Genres  Short story, Adventure fiction, Historical drama
Similar  Jules Verne books, Adventure fiction books

"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 a letter to his father Verne wrote that it "is but a simple adventure-story in the style of Cooper which I am locating in Mexico."

Plot outline

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.

Publication history

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.

English publication

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
  • References

    A Drama in Mexico Wikipedia

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