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DISTANT NEIGHBORS:  The U.S. and the Mexican Revolution

Letter from Vicente Guerrero to Agustín de Iturbide, November 2, 1821

In this letter, found in the papers of Agustín de Iturbide, Vicente Guerrero, insurgent leader and partner in the making of Mexican independence, makes known to Iturbide, now Emperor of Mexico, that he needs the sum of 21,000 pesos which his friends advanced him for the independence movement. His distress is evident in the words he uses, and it is clear that he doesn’t want to press the point. It is as if Guerrero knows that Iturbide will need all the support he can find, for on that very day, the Emperor had purged Congress of any and all opposition to his rule. Guerrero would eventually oppose Iturbide, and then became President himself, then was deposed and assassinated in 1831.

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Agustín de Iturbide Papers, 1799-1880. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

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Carta de Vicente Guerrero a Agustín de Iturbide, 2 de noviembre de 1821

En esta carta, encontrada en los papeles de Agustín de Iturbide, Vicente Guerrero líder insurgente y uno de los que hicieron posible la independencia Mexicana, informa a Iturbide, ahora Emperador de México, que necesita la suma de 21,000 pesos que sus amigos le habían adelantado para cubrir los gastos del movimiento independentista. Su preocupación es evidente en las palabras que usa y está claro que no quiere forzar el tema. Es como si Guerrero supiera que Iturbide iba a necesitar todo el apoyo que pudiera encontrar porque, en ese mismo día, el Emperador había purgado el Congreso de cualquier oposición a su gobierno. Guerrero eventualmente se opondrá a Iturbide, será elegido presidente, después depuesto y asesinado en 1831.

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