The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 249

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VOL. VII. APRIL, 1904. No. 4.
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11-27, 1835).'
1. Introduction.
In April, 1833, Santa Anna was inaugurated President of Mex-
ico. He was the champion of Republicanism, and great things
were expected of him. In less than a year, however, he began to
carry into effect a series of measures for the thorough centralization
of the government. -The national congress and some of the state
legislatures were dissolved, the cabinet was dismissed, and for
:several months Santa Anna ruled as a dictator. In January, 1835,
he undertook the legitimation of Centralism. A subservient con-
gress was called, and in May it declared itself competent to reform
the constitution of 1824. This it proceeded to do, and on October
.3 a decree was issued declaring the establishment of a centralized
While these movements were taking place Stephen F. Austin
was in Mexico-whither he had been sent by the convention of 1833
-pleading for the separation of Coahuila and Texas and the ele-
vation of the latter into a sovereign state. He was thrust in prison,
and in October, 1834, Santa Anna definitely rejected his petition.
At the same time the dictator decided to station four thousand

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