This Week’s Profile – Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna – His Attempted Return To Power With Land Backed Bonds

SANTA ANNA, ANTONIO LOPEZ DE (1795-1876).  Mexican general and politician.  Santa Anna is one of the most interesting figures in Mexican political history, having been President/Dictator of Mexico some 10 times during his career.  He began in the Spanish Army fighting against Mexican independence but switched sides and helped free Mexico from Spanish rule and install its first emperor, when it was in his interest to do so.  Not content with his reward in this effort, he dethroned the emperor, and installed himself as the head of government.  In 1836, he attempted to put down the revolt of U.S. citizens living in Texas who wanted Texas to join the U.S.  He is best known in the U.S. for his slaughter of many Americans at the Alamo during this struggle.  Soon after the Alamo, he was defeated by Sam Houston at San Jacinto, and Texas was granted its independence.  After this, Santa Anna was in and out of power – and in and out of Mexico – for the rest of his life.  He returned to Mexico in 1874 for the final time, and died in poverty in Mexico City

New York. $500 First Mortgage bond bearing 7% interest. Black/White with Green embossed seal. Oblong large folio. This series of bonds was issued by ANTONIO LOPEZ DE SANTA ANNA (1794 – 1876)  with his properties in Vera Cruz, St. Thomas and New Granada pledged as collateral. Issued while he was in exile in Mexico, it was Santa Anna’s intent to use the proceeds of this issue to finance his return to power, an effort which eventually failed. A wonderful ornate bond signed by the man who led the forces that attacked and destroyed the Alamo in 1836.

For those with questions or interest in this wonderful piece of collectible Mexican history, please feel free to contact Scott Winslow at  603-641-8292 or by email at


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