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Santa-Anna Returns


SANTA-ANNA, Antonio Lopez de. Exposicion del general Don Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna á sus compatriotas, con motivo del programa proclamado para verdadera regeneracion de la Republica [caption title]. San Luis Potosí: Reimpreso en la oficina del estado, á cargo de V. Carrillo, [1846]. Dated in type August 16, 1846. [4] pp. Folio (32.5 x 22.3 cm), folded sheet. Top margin wrinkled and dirty, old stab holes in left margin. Rare. No copy on OCLC and only a defective copy of the first edition.

Later edition (first edition Veracruz, 1846). Not in usual Mexican-American War sources.

A long, rambling statement in which Santa-Anna presents himself as the true savior of the country from enemies without and within. Although he talks favorably of republican principles and denounces those with monarchal tendencies, it would soon become obvious that despite those pronouncements he intended to become a virtual dictator. Although he constantly protests his humility, clearly he considers himself the country’s salvation. He denounces the policies of Paredes, which at this point had led to several military disasters at Taylor’s hands. Includes a statement of the same date to Mexican troops. A classic Santa-Anna performance.

According to this document, Santa-Anna left exile in Jamaica on the 8th; he landed at Veracruz in the middle of the month, where he probably had this immediately published.


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