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01. "Fire & Blood: A History of Mexico" (1973), T. R. Fehrenbach, Macmillan Publishing

02. Maverick, Escape to Tampico (1958), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

03. The Conjectural Maverick, Maverick Trails

04. Maverick, The Long Hunt (1957), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.




Federal republic in North America. Bordered on the north by the United States of America, to the west by the Pacific Ocean, to the south by Guatemala and Belize and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.[1]


Named for the Aztec term Mēxihco for the heartland of the Aztec Empire, the Valley of Mexico.[1]


Conquered and colonized by the Spanish Empire as New Spain beginning in 1521, the pre-Columbian population adopted much of the Spanish culture. The Spanish colony acquired its independence from Spain on August 24, 1821 and became known as Mexico.[1]


Mexico was often considered refuge for American outlaws, where U. S. laws either did not apply or the American government had no jurisdiction.[1]



Escape to Tampico: In June of 1877, Bret Maverick sailed from New Orleans to Tampico to persuade Steve Corbett, owner of La Cantina Americana, to return to the United States to face his alleged crimes against the House of Gireaux. While there, Bret came to believe Corbett's side of the story, becoming loyal to him and stayed to work off his debt to Corbett[2] into July.[3] That month, when Amy Lawrence lured Corbett into following her to Corpus Christi, Texas, Corbett disembarked form his boat at Matamoros to avoid being apprehended at an American port, and traveled overland to Corpus Christi. When Bret heard of Corbett's departure from Tampico, he sensed a trap and sailed immediately for Corpus Christi himself.[2]


The Long Hunt: In December of 1877,[3] Whitey Brandon made an apparent run for the Mexican border after being discovered by Bret Maverick in Prescott, Arizona Territory, as one of four participants in an 1872 bank robbery in Dry Springs. As it turned out, he was actually heading to Dry Springs,[2] a town about forty miles north of the border,[3] to meet up with Ben Maxwell, another member of the bank robbery.[4]

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