Santa Anna of Mexico

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-01
  • Publisher: Bison Books
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Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (17941876) is one of the most famous, and infamous, figures in Mexican history. Six times the country's president, he is consistently depicted as a traitor, a turncoat, and a tyrantthe exclusive cause of all of Mexico's misfortunes following the country's independence from Spain. He is also, as this biography makes clear, grossly misrepresented. Will Fowler provides a revised picture of Santa Anna's life, offering new insights into his activities in his bailiwick of Veracruz and in his numerous military engagements. The Santa Anna who emerges from this book is an intelligent, dynamic, yet reluctant leader, ingeniously deceptive at times, courageous and patriotic at others. His extraordinary story is that of a middle-class provincialcriollo, a high-ranking officer, an arbitrator, a dedicated landowner, and a political leader who tried to prosper personallyandhelp his country develop at a time of severe and repeated crises, as the colony that was New Spain gave way to a young, troubled, besieged, and beleaguered Mexican nation.

Author Biography

Will Fowler is a professor of Latin American studies at the University of St. Andrews. His books include Mexico in the Age of Proposals, 1821–1853; Tornel and Santa Anna: The Writer and the Caudillo, Mexico, 1795–1853; and Latin America since 1780.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Traitor, Turncoat, and Tyrantp. xvii
Santa Anna's Early Life, 1794-1823
Between the Volcano and the Sea, 1794-1810p. 3
An Officer and a Gentleman, 1810-1821p. 20
Liberator of Veracruz, Founder of the Republic, 1821-1823p. 43
The Making of a Caudillo, 1823-1832
A Federalist on the Periphery, 1823-1825p. 71
Among the Jarochos, 1825-1828p. 88
General of Tricks, 1828-1832p. 109
The Returns of the Phoenix, 1832-1841
The Absentee President, 1832-1835p. 133
The Warrior President, 1835-1837p. 158
The Landowner President, 1837-1841p. 184
A Road Paved with Good Intentions, 1841-1848
The Santanista Project, 1841-1844p. 213
Our Man in Havana, 1844-1846p. 238
The Mexican-American War, 1846-1848p. 256
The Autumn of the Patriarch, 1849-1876
The Man Who Would Be King, 1849-1855p. 289
The General in His Labyrinth, 1856-1876p. 317
Conclusion: "A Good Mexican"p. 346
Chronologyp. 369
Notesp. 391
Bibliographyp. 449
Indexp. 477
Santa Anna in 1829p. 123
Santa Anna in 1841p. 195
Santa Anna in 1847p. 259
Santa Anna as His Serene Highnessp. 300
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