"Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna
Santa Anna was born in Jalapa, in the province of Veracruz on February 21, 1795.
At age 16, he began his military career fighting for the Spanish, but switched sides to
support Augustin de Iturbine as the main man of an independent Mexico. As a young
military officer, he supported Emperor Agustin de Iturbide, and at one time courted the
emperor's sister. He later rebelled against the government and gained support. By 1833,
he was elected to president of Mexico by a