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COMMERCE.

Or, in other words, the United States exported $94,312,734 worth, representing her industry, (exclusive of gold and silver,) while Mexico, with a territory nearly as large, exported but $1,500,000. In addition to this, it must be recollected, that but $2,746,346 of the precious metals were the product of our own country, while at least $15,000,000 were the product of the Mexican mines; leaving an excess of nearly three millions above the total annual coinage of the nation.


Whole Exports, for say 8,000,000 people, $20,000,000
" " " 17,000,000 " 104,117,960


This will give us the ratio of about $6 12½ for each person in the United States, and $2.50 for each person in Mexico.


In order to afford some idea of Mexican commerce more in detail, (so far as the Eastern Coast is concerned,) I have constructed the following Table, the accuracy of which may be confidently relied on. In regard to the Western Coast, it is impossible to state anything with certainty. The chief contraband trade of the Republic has been carried on there with the most unblushing audacity, until very recently; and, of course, statistical returns will tend rather to deceive than enlighten.


COMMERCE OF THE PORT OF VERA CRUZ.


ONE YEAR. SIX MONTHS.
From 1st January to 31st December, 1841 From 1st January 1841 to 1st. July
Entries. Departures. Entries. Departures.
American, 39 37 19 19
English, 45 42 26 21
French, 31 33 13 17
Spanish, 36 35 12 15
Hamburgh, 5 5 3 4
Danish, 5 4 1 1
Belgian, 3 3 1 0
Bremen, 4 4 1 1
Prusian, 2 2 2 0
Sardinian, 4 5 2 2
Colombian, 5 5 2 3
Mexican, 37 43 20 26
216 218 102 109
Passengers in 1841, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1,109
Inmigrants, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 459
Increase of population, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 614