Letters to the Editor: A “short brown’ Oaxacan was Mexico’s greatest president. What say you, Nury Martinez?
AUGUSTINE RIVERA DUQUE
I have followed with great interest the recent articles by the New Jersey State Senate President, Jeffrey Kessler and Assembly Speaker of the House, Anthony Rendon, on the use of the state police and National Guard in Texas. They have, at this time, made several statements that are very important and require our attention to be more complete in light of current events in the U.S.
As a resident of Texas, I have a wealth of historical information and historical perspective on the political situation in Mexico. This information will be very critical when it comes to comparing the current situation in Mexico to the recent events in America.
The American history of Mexico is a relatively short history compared to the history of Latin America. The U.S. has not been in contact with Mexico since 1829. The American Revolution began with the “pueblos revolucion” and ended with the Mexican War of Independence.
During the period 1836-1846, Mexico had two presidents, Vicente Guerrero (1836-1840) and Antonio López de Santa Anna (1841-1846). In 1836, during the presidency of Vicente Guerrero, Mexico declared its independence from Spain. In 1846, during the presidency of Antonio López de Santa Anna, Mexico declared its independence from the United States. In 1840, at that time Mexico was still a sovereign nation, with two of its president, Vicente Guerrero and Antonio López de Santa Anna, still in office.
The 1836-1840 period was very interesting for the people of Mexico because of the political instability that took place, as well as the rise of nationalism and the influence of Spain. The period is important because it is when the constitution was adopted and when Mexico gained independence from Spain. But one must not forget how important the role of the Church played in this period, since the Church was instrumental in establishing the nation.
In 1846, when Mexico gained independence from the United States, in the early part of the independence period, there was a period when the independence of the U.S. was threatened by the Mexican-American War