TEXAS STATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION.
Vol. VII. JULY, 1903. No. 1.
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contributors to the Quarterly.
THE MEJIA EXPEDITION.
F. H. TURNER.
The Mejia Expedition extended over a period of not more than
thirty or forty days during the summer months of 1832. How-
ever, in the consideration of this important affair, it will be neces-
sary not only to relate the happenings during the course of it, but
also to take note of the preceding incidents in Mexico which con-
stituted the occasion. Nor would the subject be complete without
a statement of the purpose for which Mejia left Tampico, and
without an account of the results which he accomplished. Hence,
my object will be to set forth as thorough and exhaustive an explan-
ation of all these matters as, within the limits of this paper, is
The causes, which in the end brought about the Plan of Vera
Cruz and the Mejia Expedition, began operating, it may be said,
precisely on the first day of January, 1830. On that day, Busta-
mante, the vice-president of the Mexican Republic, assumed execu-
tive control, and a short time afterwards, having selected his min-
istry, he inaugurated one of the most despotic administrations that
Mexico has ever seen. Congress was forced to legalizeThe revolu-
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