The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 42, July 1938 - April, 1939 Page: 22
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22 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
patriots, from this day we begin to date the memorable era of
our political regeneration; this is undoubtedly a glorious day in
which for the first time the Press sheds its light in the State of
Texas ! Not only is it the first time that Texas prints in its
territory, but it is also the first time in which throughout all of
the Mexican continent one may write freely.
Great and melancholy truths have presented themselves to the
observing intellect during all the time that has intervened since
our army set out from this town until today, which no one has
dared to reveal to the public, however having drawn the veil from
utter darkness we see shining on our horizon the bright star of
truth. Yes European peoples! Mexico now has also freedom of
the press: it is the strongest fortress against the violence and the
tyranny of despots, and one of the most precious and sacred rights
of man. The right to think and to communicate to his equals the
principles and most sublime ideas of philosophy, can only be
attained through the medium of the freedom of the press. If to
this wise establishment is added the juridical one and the law
of Habeas Corpus we shall then have the three solid pillars which
must uphold our liberties and our rights.
When a wise government is established in good faith at San
Antonio, formed by general consent, there is not even the slightest
doubt that not only will these wise measures be adopted but also
supported by all my compatriots, until complete independence is
obtained, or to die honorably for the sake of our cause.
All of Hispanic America has awakened at the end of three cen-
turies of oppression and of slavery, and it has resolved to pro-
claim its political independence and,to cultivate the happiness of
its peoples, destroying forever the chains . . .1 of the Spanish
Government . . . than fall under the cruel Spanish domination.
Santa F6 and Cartagena who already enjoyed the same benefit as
Caracas hardly, saw their brothers fall again into slavery, when
by common accord they marched to their aid, and without any
doubt at this very moment Venezuela is once again free. Rio
de la Plata presents the great spectacle of a happy and glorious
regeneration. Peru is disturbed throughout, and will not be long
in imitating such fine and generous examples. The Island of Cuba
is longing for the moment when it may break the bands that bind
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