NOVEMBER 27TH, 1865: By this date Matthew F. Maury could report that "about 40 of our people" had already arrived at New Virginia, the name he proposed for his colony. He described it as "a garden spot" between Mexico City and Vera Cruz.
Maury didn't leave for England this month as he had originally planned. It took longer than he anticipated for him to establish the administrative organization for the emigration program and to get it running smoothly.
He did go to England later and events conspired that he would never return to mexico.