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“We Are Now the True Spaniards”: Sovereignty, Revolution, Independence, and the Emergence of the Federal Republic of Mexico, 1808-1824

Jaime Rodriguez O.


This book is a radical reinterpretation of the process that led to Mexican independence in 1821—one that emphasizes Mexico's continuity with Spanish political culture. During its final decades under Spanish rule, New Spain was the most populous, richest, and most developed part of the worldwide Spanish Monarchy, and most novohispanos (people of New Spain) believed that their religious, social, economic, and political ties to the Monarchy made union preferable to separation. Neither the American nor the French Revolution convinced the novohispanos to sever ties with the Spanish Monarchy; nor di ... More

Keywords: Mexican independence, Mexico, sovereignty, revolution, New Spain, novohispanos, Spanish monarchy, Hidalgo Revolt, Hispanic Constitution, Mexican Constitution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804778305
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804778305.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jaime Rodriguez O., author