SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2015: Steadily proceeding with the colonization plan proposed by Matthew Maury, whom he deeply respected, Emperor Maximilian issued a decree which began: "We, Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, in consideration of the sparseness of the population in the Mexican territory, in proportion to its extent, desiring to give all immigrants all possible security for property and liberty...do decree as follow:
:"Mexico is open to immigrants of all nations. Immigration agents shall be appointed, whose duty it shall be to protect the arrival of immigrants, install them on the lands assigned them, and assist them in every possible way in establishing themselves. These agents will receive the orders of the Imperial Commissioner of Immigrants, especially appointed by us, and to whom all the communications relative to immigration shall be addressed."
In other words, the way was open for Confederate immigration to Mexico.