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Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna Political Savage Born to a minor colonial official Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was born in the city of Jalapa on the day of February 21 1794 He decided that the military life was the life that he wanted to lead so he joined Santa Anna embarked on his long career in the army at the young age of sixteen as a cadet Fighting Indians desperados and insurgents who seemingly aimed to liberate Mexico from Spain With his experience and military victories Santa Anna justified the name that he was given The Hero of Tampico If ever a man embodied chutzpah Yiddish term that is defined as gall brazen nerve incredible guts it was Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna He styled himself the Napoleon of the West Santa Anna began fighting with the Spanish against the Mexican Independence Along with other officers he switched sides in 1821 to aid in the political struggle for Augustine de Iturbide as the head of state of an independent Mexico Also in this year Santa Anna began steadily self promoting himself He was commissioned to first lieutenant in 1812 he was posted to a grenadier battalion whose responsibility was to protect the Veracruz Mexico City road from rebel attacks In 1816 he was again promoted this time to captain In March of 1821 Santa Anna commanded a royalists Elkins 2 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 Annas 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
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