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Orleans and Mobile in the east. In performing these
twin tasks, they had to inflict unacceptable losses on
Mexico so that the latter would recognize her
On the other hand, it was incumbent upon Mexico
to project a sizable army into Texas and sustain
it there, while at the same time she would have to
prevent a mutual defense agreement between Texas
and the turbulent, ever rebellious Yucatan. To
achieve its aim, Mexico would have to control the
Political and economic strife within Mexico
greatly aided the Texas cause, for Mexico was still
rent by the chaotic aftermath of its revolution against
Spain a decade before. But it was the Mexicans' inability
to comprehend and employ seapower that
helped the Texans most. The new Republic's foe
failed to blockade the Texas coast effectively. And
Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's great overland in
was blunted and turned back because of inadequate
logistic support-which, in its own turn,
was caused by the timely action of a few warships of
the Texas Rangers. Mexico's lack of understanding
and appreciation of the meaning and techniques of
seapower gave the Texans advantages they sorely
Although Great Britain, France, and at times
Spain, all maintained naval forces in the Gulf of
Mexico and Caribbean, the only principal seapower
in the area was the United States. The American
Navy was small in comparison with the fleets of the
older nations and in proportion to its large merchant
marine, but it did have cruising stations off Brazil,
West Africa, in the East Indies, and in the Mediterranean.
In addition, scattered units were employed in
exploration, such as the Wilkes scientific expedition
to the Pacific and Lynch's survey of the River Jordan
and Dead Sea area.
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