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By 1815, the rebellion was in tatters. Morales died before a firing squad and only small, uncoordinated bands remained in the wake of thorough government suppression. When Spanish viceroy Juan Ruiz de Apodaca shrewdly offered a general pardon to all rebels who pledged allegiance to the crown, the 7 8 THE MEXICAN WAR gesture fractured the revolutionary movement. In fact, Apodaca's pardons in conjunction with the defeat of Napoleon and the restoration of the Spanish throne to Ferdinand VII seemingly secured Spanish dominion over New Spain permanently Even the charismatic leadership of men like Manuel Felix Fernandez (who took the revolutionary moniker Guadalupe Victoria) and Vicente Guerrero could not maintain let alone revive declining enthusiasm for revolution.

6 These changes were exceedingly unpopular, however, which meant they were also perilous, because state autonomy had grown muscular while the central government was preoccupied with sorting out leaders and weathering military uprisings. States confronted with the prospect of being transformed into military districts controlled by the central government grumbled, and some openly rebelled. Santa Anna suppressed an uprising in Zacatecas just north of Mexico City in 1835 with such brutality he surprised even those familiar with his appetite for cruelty.

The army that existed in these years was a product of the revolutionary struggle for independence. Apodaca's amnesty program had brought a number of rebels into the service, for instance, but Spaniards departed throughout the 1820s and were eliminated by their official expulsion from Mexico in 1827. Thereafter the army was commanded by criollos and manned by mestizos and Indians. In any case, the regular army was only part of the picture, for the active mili- 13 14 THE MEXICAN WAR tia formed the bulk of forces charged with the duty of guarding the coastline and disciplining hostile Indians.

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