The Sierra Gorda Pronunciamientos of 1848-1849 and the origins of popular conservatism in Mexico

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This chapter is concerned with the emergence of popular conservatism in Mexico. It argues that its roots can be found in the pronunciamientos (revolts) that erupted in the Sierra Gorda mountain range of central Mexico in the aftermath of the 1846–1848 war with the United States, particularly in ultra-conservative cavalry officer Tomás Mejía’s plan of San José de los Amoles. As argued here, when Mejía rebelled, albeit briefly in early in June 1848, he gave voice and direction to a movement that was engaged both with upholding conservative values and addressing agrarian demands. The combination of fundamentalist conservative Catholic beliefs and agrarian-indigenous mobilization would prove, under Mejía’s leadership, a particularly explosive and resilient force in the Sierra Gorda for well over a decade thereafter, and its origins are to be found in the post-war “forgotten years.”
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMexico, 1848-1853
Subtitle of host publicationLos años olvidados
EditorsPedro Santoni, Will Fowler
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781315544045
ISBN (Print)9781138684249, 9780367587789
Publication statusPublished - 12 Aug 2018
Event"The Forgotten Years": Post-War Mexico (1848-1853) - Parliament Hall, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jun 201415 Jun 2014

Publication series

NameRoutledge studies in the history of the Americas


Conference"The Forgotten Years": Post-War Mexico (1848-1853)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CitySt Andrews


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