The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 512
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prepared enemy. Fortunately for the Mexicans, no such well-
prepared foe immediately presented itself.
If the foregoing reasoning is valid, it seems logical to assume
that Santa Anna's army of operations could not have lasted for any
great length of time. In time, he would have found it necessary to
withdraw, with or without a decisive victory. Because of internal
Mexican affairs and general political and economic instability, it
is doubtful that he could have maintained any control over
Texas, even by streamlining his supply lines. Trouble was bound
to break out again. The Texans had established a revolutionary
tradition; it would not be forgotten. Mexico had enough trouble
protecting its northern frontier as it was. Texas only increased the
burden. It appears reasonable to conclude, therefore, that Sam
Houston's surprise San Jacinto victory forced upon Santa Anna
something which he would have had to accept anyway.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959, periodical, 1959; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/m1/609/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.