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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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A Fragmented Insurgency

A Fragmented Insurgency

(p.195) Chapter 6 A Fragmented Insurgency
“We Are Now the True Spaniards”
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This chapter examines the fragmented insurgency that engulfed New Spain from 1811 until 1821. Although some insurgent leaders attempted to form an alternative government and wrote the Constitution of Apatzingán, they were unable to sustain a governing authority and provide central direction for the insurgency. The decade-long conflict had staggering human, social, and economic costs. The ferocity that characterized the initial movement and the equally ferocious royalist response became the norm in the ensuing years. Local conditions frequently determined the types of individuals who supported the rebellion and for how long. Most insurgent groups were regionally based and were most successful in their own areas. While the royalists proved unable to stamp out the insurgency, the rebels proved equally unable to defeat the royalist forces.

Keywords:   New Spain, insurgency, constitution, Apatzingán

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