Artifact and Analysis

Document 3
Mexican broadside

Translated Excerpt

MEXICANS: Monterey has succumbed. . . . The intention of the enemy to occupy the entire republic has been manifested; the government has decided to triumph or perish with her. . . . [T]he nation prefers that no rock over rock remain, before seeing its sovereignty trampled, its rights and temples. The undefeated general called by her to place himself at the head of the troops, is settled on not surviving the dishonor of his mother country.