TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. VI. JANUARY, 1903. No. 3.
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contributors to the Quarterly.
THE TAMPICO EXPEDITION.
EUGENE C. BARKER.
The Tampico expedition was an episode in the Texas revolution.
Its success would almost certainly have changed the course of the
war and, perhaps, averted the declaration of independence, but it
has received scant attention from the historians, and its relation
to the larger movement has never been shown.1 Its origin and
purpose 'can be better understood after a general survey of Mexican
political conditions from 1833 to 1835.
In February, 1833, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and Valentin
Gomez Farias, representing the liberal and progressive party, were
elected, respectively, president and vice-president of Mexico. At
the expiration of President Pedraza's term, March 31, 1833, Santa
Anna was absent from the capital, and Vice-President Farias took
charge of the government. Except for several brief intervals, Santa
Anna remained in retirement until April, 1834, while Farias
inaugurated a reform policy favored by the moderate branch of his
'This statement should be understood as applying only to the expedition
proper. After his return from Tampico, Mexia tried to get the provis-
ional government of Texas to aid him in fitting out a second expedition.
This question became involved in the quarrel which was going on between
the governor and the general council, and has been pretty clearly set forth
by Mr. W. Roy Smith.-See QUARTERLY, Vol. V, No. 4.
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