Anna responded with his Plan de Casa Mata, which called for Iturbide to abdicate the throne, for the end of the empire, and for the formation of a republic governed by a written constitution.

Iturbide fled into exile, supported by a government pension with the understanding that if he returned to Mexico he would be killed. But responding to his own false sense of need and at the urging of monarchists, Iturbide came back to Mexico in July 1824, landing on the east coast at Tamaulipas. He was shot within five days. With the Plan de Casa Mata and Iturbide's execution, Mexico's experimentation with an empire came to an ignominious end. For the next half-century Mexico struggled to create a stable national government. In some ways the actions of Iturbide, the acts of deception, the use of the military, the pronunciamientos (pronouncements), the bombastic declarations, and the reliance on personal charisma set the stage for Mexico's dual struggle to ruin itself while at the same time attempting to forge a nation. These actions were practiced and perfected in the character of Santa Anna, who dominated Mexico until 1855.


NOTES
1
John Lynch, "The Origins of Spanish-American Independence," in The Independence of Latin America, ed. Leslie Bethell ( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), 1.
3
Frank Tannenbaum, Mexico: The Struggle for Peace and Bread ( New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1954), 37.
4
Lesley Bird Simpson, Many Mexicos ( Berkeley: University of Califomia Press, 1941), 213.

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  • Advisory Board ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Foreword vii
  • Preface xi
  • Timeline of Historical Events xiii
  • 1 - Mexico Today 1
  • 2 - Mexico's Early Inhabitants 13
  • Notes 30
  • 3 - The Conquest 31
  • Notes 46
  • 4 - The Colonial Era, 1521-1821 47
  • Notes 72
  • 5 - The Wars of Mexican Independence, 1808-1821 75
  • Notes 88
  • 6 - The Aftermath of Independence, 1821-1876 89
  • Notes 110
  • 7 - The Porfiriato, 1876-1911 113
  • Notes 128
  • 8 - The Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920 131
  • Notes 153
  • 9 - Consolidation of the Revolution 155
  • Notes 172
  • 10 - The Revolution Moves to the Right, 1940-1970 175
  • Notes 191
  • 11 - The Search for Stability, 1970-1999 193
  • Notes 213
  • Notable People in the History of Mexico 215
  • Bibliographic Essay 227
  • Index 235
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