Elevated to the office of President of Mexico in 1833, Santa Anna was the consummate politician. He was handsome, intelligent, cultured, and ambitious. He was also arrogant, cunning, and ruthless.
Soon after becoming president, he decided that the people of Mexico were too primitive to be free. He declared himself dictator. Over his 40 year career, he served as general of the Mexican Army and as president (dictator) eleven terms. He made and reneged on Constitutions. He won bloody victories only to lose everything he gained during an 18-minute battle in which Sam Houston’s rag-tag army of volunteers literally caught him with his pants down.
Despite his great achievements, Santa Anna stands as proof that pride goes before a fall.