The "Hope of the Nation": moderate liberals and the defense of Mexico's northern frontier, 1848-1853
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AbstractThe present work analyses Mexico's northern frontier defense between 1848 and 1853, following the end of the Mexican American War. This was an epoch of profound political and economic crisis for the Mexican nation that had lost half of its national territory. Presidents Jose Joaquin de Herrera (1848-1850) and Mariano Arista (1851-1853) had to implement comprehensive frontier defense policies. The security of the new North was a priority for the federal government that allocated available resources to promote military colonies and operations to protect the inhabitants. By examining the military reform projects, the organization of new military colonies, the campaigns of the army deployed in the North against hostile Indian raids and American filibustering expeditions, this study reveals how the federal government responded to the challenges of frontier security and explains why it achieved limited success and failed to implement military reform.
Bibliography: p. 162-166