The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 162
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at once prevailed in the United States that they had reproduced the
main features of the American system. This opinion may be seen
from quotations from several historical writers of that time and the
"The Federal Constitution of the Mexican Republic, modeled after
the Constitution of the North American Union." Kennedy's Texas,
vol. I, p. 306.
"The Mexican federal constitution of 1824 * * * was formed
upon that of the United States." Yoakum's Texas, vol. I, p. 230.
"In 1824 the Mexicans * * * adopted a Federal Republican
constitution, in palpable imitation of the Constitution of the United
States." Bruce's Houston, page 70.
"* * * Constitution of 1824, which in many particulars was
a copy of the Constitution of the United States." Bernard Moses'
Introduction to the Constitution of the United States of Mexico.
"Several of its articles are transcripts of corresponding clauses in
the Constitution of the Northern United States. Here and there ap-
pears the old Spanish leaven, particularly in the Fourth Article
(sic. should be Third). * * * Comments almost without num-
ber were made even in those early days by both Mexicans and for-
eigners, endeavoring to show that the troubles Mexico soon found
herself involved in, were the result of the liberal institutions she had
adopted by servilely copying, as the commentators said, her more
fortunate neighbor of the North." Bancroft's History of Mexico,
vol. V, page 19.
It is the aim of this pap6r to show, that while the constitution of
1824 was in part formed on the model of that of the United States,
much of its form, and practically its entire spirit came from the
beloved Spanish Constitution of 1812. This Constitution, over-
thrown by Ferdinand in 1814, but restored by the army and people
in 1820, had secured political liberty and constitutional government
for the Spaniards, colonial as well as native, and had granted to the
colonies representation in the national cortes. So far were the Mex-
icans from "servilely copying" the American Constitution, that even
those ideas plainly adopted were so altered in spirit and detail that
there is clearly implied rather an attempt to adapt them to Spanish
institutions than simply to imitate the American constitution. In
general it may be said that the Spanish constitution was followed
unless the federal republic idea compelled change.
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