Common Mistakes in English (Grammar Practice) by T.J. Fitikides

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This time Barrera played upon Yucatecan anxieties of an accelerated Caste War to justify using the military to attempt crushing the Campeche insurrection as quickly as possible. 65 Once Barrera lost the support of many landowners, he was doomed. Barrera had raised taxes to such a high level that Campeche ranchers and plantation owners began to abandon their sugar fields. Campeche also had a hard time exporting its rice, cotton, and sugar because of high duty charges in the United States, Cuba, and Britain.

But when Bustamante removed or neglected long-­standing Yuca­ tecan privileges, introduced commodity taxes on Yucatecan exports to the Mexi­can Gulf Coast, and dispatched its militia to fight in Texas, Yucatecan leader ­Santiago Imán revolted in May 1839. The Texas campaign was quite un­popu­lar since Yucatán ended up paying 17 percent of Mexico’s cost for the war. As many as 2,500 Yucatecan soldiers served in Texas, and some died at the Alamo battle. 9 The Yucatecan liberals reached across the Gulf to secure support from the new president of the Repub­lic of Texas, Mirabeau B.

The ruling junta particularly wanted to get Santa Anna away from the discussions about the new 1824 constitution that they envisioned as the best way to consolidate nationhood. Because of his ambitious nature, Santa Anna could not leaveYucatán unless he had written permission. As a charismatic and clever fig­ure, the new repub­lic anticipated that Santa Anna would heal the sharp differences between Mérida and Campeche. A month before the national constituent congress met, the provisional government declared war on Spain, and Campeche, unlike Mérida, supported the national government’s decision.

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