The Benson Latin American Collection holds the handwritten memoirs of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. It also holds various other primary sources that add voices to Santa Anna’s questionable account of Mexico’s history. “Santa Anna in Life and Legend” presents a curated digital collection of such items. The exhibit includes a narrative that highlights a few of these collection items, in the context of four themes that recur in scholarship on Santa Anna. It also poses questions that invite viewers to contemplate his legacy, using the highlighted primary sources as a springboard for analysis. Through an interactive map component, viewers can browse all collection items in a temporal-geospatial context. The map presents each item at a relevant location and in connection to periods of Santa Anna’s life.

Date Range(s): 1808-1900
Country(ies): Mexico; United States of America; Cuba; Jamaica; Colombia
Course Subject(s): Borderland Studies; Digital Scholarship; Latin American Studies; Mexican American & U.S. Latinx Studies; U.S. History: pre-1877; World Geography Studies; World History Studies
Mexican War of Independence (1810-1821); Texas Revolution (1835-1836); Mexican-American War (1846-1848); Pastry War (1838-1839); Politics; War
Document Types: Lithographs; Photographs; Maps; Drawings; Memoirs; Circulars; Letters; Juvenile Literature
Language(s): English; Spanish


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Rights Statement

Creator(s): Vanessa Garcia Hutchins, Digital Scholarship and Special Collections Intern (Fall 2020), LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections
Date Created: 2020-12-04
Physical Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin

The highlighted primary sources are in the public domain.

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Santa Anna in Life and Legend (Exhibition)