Santa Anna of Mexico

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U of Nebraska Press, Dec 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 501 pages
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The Santa Anna is an intelligent, dynamic, yet reluctant leader, ingeniously deceptive at times, courageous and patriotic at others. This book provides a picture of Santa Anna's life, with new insights into his activities in his bailiwick of Veracruz and in his numerous military engagements.
 

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In this unabashedly revisionist biography, Fowler (Latin American studies, Univ. of St. Andrews, Scotland; Mexico in the Age of Proposals, 1821-1853) presents Santa Anna not as a politician but as a ... Read full review

Contents

1 Between the Volcano and the Sea 17941810
3
2 An Officer and a Gentleman 18101821
20
3 Liberator of Veracruz Founder of the Republic18211823
43
The Making of a Caudillo 18231832
69
4 A Federalist on the Periphery 18231825
71
5 Among the Jarochos 18251828
88
6 General of Tricks 18281832
109
The Returns of the Phoenix 18321841
131
10 The Santanista Project 18411844
213
11 Our Man in Havana 18441846
238
12 The MexicanAmerican War 18461848
256
The Autumn of the Patriarch 18491876
287
13 The Man Who Would Be King 18491855
289
14 The General in His Labyrinth 18561876
317
A Good Mexican
346
Chronology
369

7 The Absentee President 18321835
133
8 The Warrior President 18351837
158
9 The Landowner President 18371841
184
A Road Paved with Good Intentions 18411848
211
Notes
391
Bibliography
449
Index
477
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Page xxiii - In a little while entered General Santa Anna himself ; a gentlemanly, good-looking, quietly-dressed, rather melancholy-looking person, with one leg, apparently somewhat of an invalid, and to us the most interesting person in the group. He has a sallow complexion, fine dark eyes, soft and penetrating, and an interesting expression of face.
Page xxiii - Knowing nothing of his past history, one would have said a philosopher, living in dignified retirement, one who had tried the world, and found that all was vanity, one who had suffered ingratitude, and who, if he were ever persuaded to emerge from his retreat, would only do so, Cincinnatus-like, to benefit his country.
Page 6 - There are some old churches, a very old convent of Franciscan monks, and a well-supplied marketplace. Everywhere there are flowers — roses creeping over the old walls, Indian girls making green garlands for the virgin and saints, flowers in the shops, flowers at the windows, but, above all, everywhere one of the most splendid mountain views in the world. The Cofre de Perote, with its dark pine forests and gigantic chest (a rock of porphyry which takes that form), and the still loftier snow-white...

About the author (2007)

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, 1800–2000.

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