Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna (The Great Hispanic Heritage) by Brenda Lange

By Brenda Lange

Antonio de Padua Maria Severino Lopez de Santa Anna was once a guy of many titles common within the Mexican military, president, dictator, landowner and administrator, husband, and father. Santa Anna is widely known for his half within the notorious conflict of the Alamo throughout the U.S.-Mexican battle and is taken into account through many to be a bloodthirsty tyrant. even though, there have been many facets to this icon of Mexican background. in the course of his lengthy lifestyles, Santa Anna rose to the top of energy, but he died approximately penniless and forgotten. This new biography strains his direction from middle-class beginnings to the halls of the capital in Mexico urban to exile in Cuba to his ultimate days.

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He was supported by the church and many officers as well as businessmen. But despite what many thought at the time, he did not take the opportunity to proclaim himself dictator. Once he believed the country was again on a steady course, led by his new cabinet and Congress, he left for Manga de Clavo on January 28, 1835, leaving the government to be run by his new vice president, Miguel Barragán. By the end of the year, Santa Anna was out of retirement and back in the saddle, headed for the province of Texas, which was in revolt against the Mexican government.

As Colonel Fannin and his officers were trying to decide how to continue, scouts rode up reporting on the advancing Mexican troops. Fannin knew he had to go back to Goliad to protect the citizens there. The Alamo’s last hope was gone. indd 61 7/7/10 1:04 PM 62 antonio lópez de santa anna On March 4, 1836, Santa Anna decided it was time to teach the rebels the lesson he had come to impart, but his generals were split in their opinions on the timing of the attack. Two of the four said to wait—they did not have adequate supplies, and they needed more doctors.

Eventually, Santa Anna was the major landowner in the areas of Xalapa and Veracruz, providing jobs to many residents of the area and growing most of the region’s produce and cattle. It was during this time that Santa Anna became the caudillo of Veracruz—a man of power and influence. indd 40 7/7/10 1:03 PM A New Republic 41 His purchase of Manga de Clavo and increasing success as a landowner helped build his authority locally. The immense estate (somewhere between 46 and 70 square miles, or 119 sq.

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