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Mexican Press of I 83 6
lent armaments of the rebels. "We congratulate the supreme govern-
ment and all Mexicans," the editor concluded, "for such a triumph":
"LONG LIVE GENERAL SANTA ANNA, LONG LIVE THE ARMY
OF MEXICO." The next day, March 22, two more papers, both anti-
liberal, picked up the story. The headline in El mosquito mexicano read:
"Long live the fatherland, long live the army of Mexico, long live the
brave general Santa Anna!!!" The success at the Alamo, it said, gave
rise to the hope that peace would now be reestablished across the re-
public. The Texas rebels had concentrated their forces there, and the
Mexican victory was so complete that they had lost everything. Nobody
had survived to inform supporters in New Orleans, and Santa Anna
had sent their "insulting flag" to Mexico City: "We congratulate the
world for the bandits Mexico has forever laid to rest." 14
La lima de vulcano was even more enthusiastic and took the oppor-
tunity to denounce the liberals, or anarchists, as they were labeled by
LONG LIVE MEXICO! LONG LIVE ITS INVINCIBLE LIBERATOR!!!
What innocent and pure rejoicing! What enthusiastic exultation and happi-
ness was to be seen yesterday on the face of every good Mexican when he
learned the splendid news, details of which are contained in the official section
of today's paper. The rebel standard lies prostrate before our national flag;
they have bitten the earth they profaned; their impure blood has flowed in
atonement of their great insults; and between the fire and steel of our valiant
men, their black souls have expired, nourished in immorality and profligacy.
Mexico has been vindicated. Mexico has received a proper satisfaction. Re-
nown, honor, and glory to the brave army of the fatherland. A thousand hymns
and a thousand feelings of admiration and gratitude to the Hercules of Zempoal.
Whine, anarchists, for there is no other consolation in your mortal despair.
Deceive yourselves, if you can, by denying it or extolling it as rightfully belong-
ing to you. If deception can nourish you, then well and good, deceive your-
selves, but let us pity you in your delirium.
So much for the star of the North . . . Poor James Bowie. How quickly your
stupid, inane arrogance is dissipated. These fools do not know Mexicans.5
Two days later, March 24, La hlma returned to the event with ecstatic
praise of Santa Anna. There was no triumph in history to compare with
what Mexico's intrepid leader had achieved. The Alexanders, Caesars,
Pompeys, Hannibals, even Napoleons, were not his equal: "General
11El naconal (Mexico City), Mar. 21, 1836.
14 El mosquito mexicano (Mexico City), Mar. 22, 1836
15La lima de vulcano (Mexico City), Mar. 22, 1836.
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