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CHAP. V.] ANTI-AMERICAN DECREE.

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of troops, held in readiness to repel Spanish invasion,
thought it a favourable time for striking
a blow for supremacy. Demanding concessions
which he knew would not be granted, he proceeded
towards the capital, for the ostensible purpose of
reforming executive abuses. The government was
overthrown, without a struggle. Guerrero fled to
the mountains, and Bustamente assumed the chief
authority. His administration was sanguinary
and proscriptive; his object being the subversion of
the Federal Constitution, and the establishment of
a central government. Centralism was strong in
the support of the military, the priesthood, and the
great Creole proprietors; the Federation was popular
with the majority of the inhabitants, and was sustained
by their votes.
In the spring of 1830, Juan Jose Codallas, an
influential Mexican who had been driven by persecution
to the mountains, published a Plan, demanding
of Bustamente the restoration of civil
authority. Encouraged by this demonstration,
Guerrero reappeared in the field, but the Constitutionalists
were unsuccessful. Codallas was captured,
and Guerrero, obliged to fly to Acapulco, was
placed in the hands of his enemies by the commander
of a Sardinian vessel employed for the
purpose. Conveyed to Oaxaca, he was tried by a
mock court-martial, condemned as a traitor, and
executed in February, 1831.
A decree issued by Bustamente on the 6th of
April, 1830, clearly testified the altered dispositions
of the Mexican Government towards the

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