Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna: Political Savage

In March of 1821, Santa Anna commanded a royalists

detachment protecting Orizaba from the rebel forces that were led my Jose Miranda. Santa Anna was urged my Miranda to join the insurgent side, but Santa Anna refused. In late March a large force loyal to Iturbide had switched sides. Being cautious to avoid treason, this was the first of many betrayals that seemed to characterize Santa Anna's career. His change of allegiance coincided with a royalist promotion to lieutenant colonel for the victory that he achieved over Miranda. As soon as he was accepted at that rank, Santa Ana went for the promotion again.

When Mexico became an independent country in 1821 he assisted in the founding of the republic. Santa Anna served as the president of Mexico on five different occasions. He was first honored with the position in 1833.

"By 1833, he was elevated to president of Mexico in a democratic election. He soon determined, however, that Mexico was not ready for democracy and pronounced himself dictator.aE

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna thought so highly of himself that he insisted that he was called "Your Serene Highness.aE Another event that shows his arrogance w



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