ned our military operations, were not expected of desired to join the black chic military Empire.
They were looked upon rather in the light of outworks, to belong to the South, or to remain central, as they pleased, but really to be used as a barrier against the abolition encroachments of the Northern States.
At first extending from South Carolina to Florida, and sweeping from thence in a semi-circle to the Rio Grande, the new Empire would speedily.
subjugate the feeble States of Mexico.
Cuba and other West India Islands would be annexed, and all the negroes and peoples of other inferior races reduced to their normal condition of slavery.
The Gulf of Mexico would then form a central lake, round which would circle the States of the grand Confederation, whose corner-stone should be slavery, and its rulers the lords of the plantation.
This was the dream, fevered but gorgeous, of the conspirators who imagined they had fallen their to the visions of Asron Burr — such as Slidell, J ff