With the execution of the Spanish insurgent Francisco Javier Mina, Viceroy Juan Ruiz de Apodaca believes that the Insurgent movement is finally at an end, even though the successor of Morelos, Vicente Guerrero, is still active in the jungles of southern Mexico. The endless struggle is weakening the country. The royalist general Gabriel de Armijo gives up on his assignment: to capture Guerrero. The Spanish government orders the Viceroy to abide by the laws of the new Cádiz Constitution. The New Spain high class and military reject this document, deeming it excessively liberal. General Armijo's resignation opens a window of opportunity for the Spanish elite, headed by Miguel Bataller, to talk Viceroy Apodaca into appointing a proven general, Agustín de Iturbide, as commander of the army.
10 September 2010 (Mexico)
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