Lead: One of the most prominent figures in Mexico’s history is Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Flamboyant, intriguing and yet perplexing to historians, Santa Anna had lifelong ability to incite controversy.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Santa Anna was born of a minor criollo family in 1794 in Jalapa, Mexico, in the Sierra Madre. He was born near the turbulent end of the Spanish Colonial period and at age fifteen began service in the Spanish Army as a cadet. He was a loyalist when Mexico first began her struggle for independence in 1810, but later, along with other officers, switched allegiance. This pattern of supporting causes and leaders and then turning against them continued throughout his career revealing that he was not an ideologue, but rather believed in power, his own.