The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 16
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16 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
IV. THE TEXANS AND THE PLAN OF VERA CRUZ.
When the Texans found themselves before Anahuac in June,
1832, bearing arms and endeavoring to persuade Colonel Bradburn
to respect their liberties and think as they did along certain Ameri-
can lines, they appear to have suddenly suspected that Mexico
would deem their deeds rebellious. The colonists well knew what
they were battling for, but the question was, could the Mexican
nation understand the meaning and character of their grievances,
or would it not rather be inclined to misinterpret their operations
and attribute to them a great deal more significance than was their
due? Now there were two parties in Mexico-one headed by
Bustamante and upholding absolute principles, the other, with
Santa Anna as the nucleus, supporting "democratic-republican-
federal" ideas. Hence, the colonists had two chances of putting
themselves in the right with part of the Mexicans at least by sanc-
tioning the "platform" of either side. Being Americans it was the
most natural, and in fact the only, measure the "rebels" could
take, to declare for Santa Anna-the defender of republican prin-
ciples. Therefore, although the impression survives that the men
congregated around Anahuac accepted the Plan of Vera Cruz
simply as a pretext for having attacked that place, there seems no
reason to doubt that, so far as they were inclined to take part in
national politics at all, they would have preferred the party of
Santa Anna to that of Bustamante.
Again, the circumstances surrounding the case favored the
Texans. The Anahuac garrison belonged to the "ministerial," or
Bustamante, faction; and, if the colonists were fighting against
the adherents of this faction, it would, in the nature of things, be
out of place for them to be attached to the same party. Hence,
they adhered to the other. But I repeat that they must have been
pleased to sustain political theories similar to those under which
they had been reared.
On June 13, 1832, the "farmers" in their camp at Turtle Bayou,
six miles north of Anahuac, concurred in what were named "the
Turtle Bayou Resolutions," in favor of the plan of Vera Cruz.
These resolutions are as follows:
"Resolved-That we view with feelings of the deepest regret, the
manner in which the government of the Republic of Mexico is
administered by the present dynasty. The repeated violations of
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