Cinco de Mayo preceded by Dos de Mayo: Spain & Napoleon; Mexico & Maximillian, Juárez - American Minute with Bill Federer
Santa Anna rose to power.
In his 40 year career, called by some historians the Age of Santa Anna, he ruled as Mexico's President for 12 non-consecutive terms.
He finally laid aside Mexico's Constitution and made himself a despotic dictator.
Santa Anna told the U.S. minister to Mexico Joel R. Poinsett:
"A hundred years to come my people will not be fit for liberty ...
A despotism is the proper government for them, but there is no reason why it should not be a wise and virtuous one."