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The Provincial Deputation in Mexico: Harbinger of Provincial Autonomy, Independence, and Federalism

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Mexico and the United States each has a constitution and a federal system of government. This fact has led many historians to assume that the Mexican system of government, established in the 1820s, is an imitation of the U.S. model. But it is not. In this new interpretation of the independence movement, Nettie Lee Benson tells the true story of Mexico's transition from colonial status to a federal state. She traces the Mexican government's beginning to events in Spain in 1808-1810, when provincial juntas, or ...
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Mexico and the United States each has a constitution and a federal system of government. This fact has led many historians to assume that the Mexican system of government, established in the 1820s, is an imitation of the U.S. model. But it is not. In this new interpretation of the independence movement, Nettie Lee Benson tells the true story of Mexico's transition from colonial status to a federal state. She traces the Mexican government's beginning to events in Spain in 1808-1810, when provincial juntas, or deputations, were established to oppose Napoleon's French rule and govern the country during the Spanish monarch's imprisonment. These provincial deputations proved so popular that ultimately they became the established form of government throughout the provinces of Spain and its New World dominions. It was the provincial deputation, not the United States federal system, that provided the model for the state legislative bodies that were eventually formed after Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821. This finding - the result of years of painstaking archival research - strongly confirms the independence of Mexico's political development from U.S. influence. Its importance to a study of Mexican history cannot be overstated.
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Josefina Zoralda Vázquez
Benson's work is of such significant importance to the field that it has been considered a classic since first appearing in Spanish in 1955. Her new version in English includes recently found documents that further improve on the original text. No serious work on the period should be carried out without consulting it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292765313
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1992
  • Series: Institute of Latin American Studies
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.45 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

An eminent scholar, Nettie Lee Benson (1905–1993) was Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Best known for her work as librarian of the Latin American collection of the University of Texas Library, she was the recipient of many honors, including the Aguila Azteca of La Orden Azteca del Aguila Azteca, the highest honor Mexico bestows on foreigners.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Origin of the Provincial Deputations 1
2 Establishment of the Provincial Deputations in Mexico, 1812-1814 9
3 Growth of the Provincial Deputations in Mexico, 1820-1821 23
4 Continued Development of the Provincial Deputations in Mexico, 1821-1823 47
5 Assumption of Power by the Provincial Deputations 61
6 Attitude of the Provincial Deputations toward a New Congress 82
7 Evolution of the Pioneer State Legislatures 92
8 Establishment of Other State Legislatures 106
Appendix A: Deputies in Mexican Provincial Deputations Elected According to Spanish Constitution of 1812 131
Appendix B: Elections in February 1822 for 1822-1823 137
Appendix C: September 1823 Elections 145
Notes 155
Bibliography 201
Index 213
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