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“We Are Now the True Spaniards”Sovereignty, Revolution, Independence, and the Emergence of the Federal Republic of Mexico, 1808-1824$
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Jaime Rodriguez O.

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804778305

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804778305.001.0001

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The Cádiz Revolution

The Cádiz Revolution

(p.149) Chapter 5 The Cádiz Revolution
“We Are Now the True Spaniards”
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This chapter considers the great political revolution, focusing on the writing of the Constitution of 1812; the role of American, particularly novohispano, deputies in the Cortes Generales y Extraordinarias de la Monarquía Española (General and Extraordinary Cortes of the Spanish Monarchy) in shaping the Charter of Cádiz and in forcing that body to address issues important to Spanish Americans; and on the first constitutional elections in New Spain. It demonstrates that, contrary to general belief, elections were held throughout the kingdom and that hundreds of thousands of novohispanos participated in electing forty-one deputies to the Ordinary Cortes of 1813–14 and establishing five provincial deputations and more than a thousand constitutional ayuntamientos in New Spain. It ends with the collapse of the constitutional system in 1814.

Keywords:   political revolution, 1812 Constitution, elections, New Spain, Cortes Generales y Extraordinarias de la Monarquía Española, constitutional system

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