Liberalism In Mexican Society
Following this, in 1808, the take over of Joseph Bonaparte in Spain caused many liberal criollos and lower class members to seek independence from Spanish rule in 1810. This lasted until 1820, when royalist members secured Mexico’s independence to maintain their control over governance, which resulted in emperor Iturbide. However, his abuse of power proved to be too much for the people, which changed the Empire to a Republic, in 1823. Between 1824-1832, three presidents ruled the republic in failure: 1) President Victoria- focused on foreign policy instead of the economy 2) President Guerrero- abolished slavery, expelled Peninsulares, and refused to give up power after an attempted Spanish Conquest 3) President Bustamante- became a dictator. These failures led to the Presidency of Santa Ana, who dealt with land battles and repayment to foreign governments until ousted by liberals in 1853. From then until 1867, liberals fought for control of government and against French rule, leading to Benito Juarez’s presidency. As a whole, liberalism triumphed because the people demanded a just and progressive government, which they saw possible with …show more content…
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