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Santa Anna's policies lead to abortive invasion of Tampico


On this day in 1835, an armed invasion of Mexico by North Americans led by George Fisher and José Antonio Mexía unsuccessfully assaulted the Mexican garrison at Tampico. The Tampico Expedition, like the incipient Texas Revolution, was launched in response to the reactionary policies of Antonio López de Santa Anna. The expedition sailed from New Orleans on the schooner Mary Jane on November 6. The Mary Jane ran aground off the bar of Tampico on November 14. Mexía attacked the city on November 15 and was defeated. The rebels retreated aboard the American schooner Halcyon, which arrived at the mouth of the Brazos on December 3. Thirty-one prisoners were left at Tampico. All either died from wounds or were executed.

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