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A Drama in Mexico

"A Drama in Mexico"
Illustration by Jules Férat, 1876
Author Jules Verne
Original title "Un drame au Mexique"
Translator W. H. G. Kingston (1876)
Country France
Language French
Genre(s) historical short story
Published in Musée des familles
Publication type Periodical
Publication date 1851
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 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."[1]


  • Plot outline 1
  • Publication history 2
    • English publication 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

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


  1. ^ 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.

External links

  • Illustrations by Jules Férat (1876)
  • Un drame au Mexique (1876) available at Jules Verne Collection (French)
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