|Alamo villain and 19th-century |
Mexican president is commemorated as
Liberator of Veracruz as Mexicans
start to rethink his role in history
In his book, "Santa Anna of Mexico" University of Nebraska Press (2007), Prof. Fowler showed that this portrayal was grossly misrepresented. Until recently, Mexican historiography had chosen not to think about the early republican period (because it was too painful), and, when it had, blamed Santa Anna for everything that went wrong after independence. This included Mexico’s defeat in 1848 – mistakenly claiming Santa Anna lost the conflict on purpose, and the traumatic loss of half of the country’s territory to the United States, which Santa Anna was erroneously [and deliberately] purported to have sold.
placing a wreath by Santa Anna's |
birthplace in Xalapa on 21 February 2014