The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 7, July 1903 - April, 1904 Page: 3
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The Mejia Expedition.
ties of the federation and the states, dictating the other measures
which may be opportune for carrying out the noble aims of those
who may join us.'"1
Santa Anna was not slow to recognize his constituents in Vera
Cruz, and on the afternoon of the 3d he arrived in that city, where
he "was received with shouts by the troops of the garrison and a
portion of the people."2
The Plan of Vera Cruz and its adoption by Santa Anna aroused
no little uneasiness at the capital, and when the general addressed
a communication to Bustamante expressing his desire to see the
peaceable dissolution of the cabinet, the crisis came. The min-
isters surrendered their portfolios, but congress would not counte-
nance their resignations. Hence, the only alternative left to the
government was to attempt to stifle the incipient rebellion. This
it did, and the opposition met with several reverses during the
months of January and February, 1832.3
The Mexican nation at first exhibited some hesitancy in acqui-
escing in the "plan," but with the beginning of spring the standard
of insurrection was floated at various places. Fernandez, the
ex-governor of Tamaulipas, declared his adhesion to the party at
Vera Cruz. General Moctezuma, the commandant at Tampico,
"coinciding with this step, issued a proclamation in the city of
Tampico on the 20th [March], placing himself at the disposal of
General Santa Anna."''4
A struggle for supremacy at once began in the quarter where the
revolutionary ideas had gained a fast hold between the followers of
absolutism on the one hand and the supporters of liberalism on the
other. Moctezuma was besieged by General Mier y Teran, the
principal commandant of the Eastern States. Later TerAn drew
his battalions away, and began recruiting and strengthening his
lines. This threatening attitude led the commandant of Tampico
to believe that Teran was preparing for a second and fiercer attack
on his charge.
1Miguel M. Lerdo, Apuntes Hist6ricos de Vera Cruz, II 363-364, notes
'Bancroft, History of Mexico, V 107 et seq.
'Juan Suarez y Navarro, Historia de Mexico y del General Santa Anna
(cited in further notes as Historia de Mexico) 282.
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