South of the Border: Mexico's Revolutions & How they treated former Presidents and their supporters - American Minute with Bill Federer
Santa Anna had previously told the U.S. Minister to Mexico, Joel R. Poinsett, 1824:
"I threw up my cap for liberty with great ardor ... but very soon found the folly of it. A hundred years to come my people will not be fit for liberty.
They do not know what it is, unenlightened as they are ... A despotism is the proper government for them."