Manuel Micheltorena

Soldier, Politician

1802 – 1853

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Who was Manuel Micheltorena?

José Manuel Micheltorena was a brigadier general of the Mexican Army, adjutant-general of the same, governor, commandant-general and inspector of the department of California. He received this appointment by the President of Mexico, Antonio López de Santa Anna and served from 30 December 1842, until his ouster in 1845.

Micheltorena was instrumental in the privatisation of California land. With loyalties firmly seated in Mexico City, he faced criticism, opposition and eventually war from the Californios.

He led a rag-tag team of soldiers comprising criminals of lower-class mixed ancestry, who were derisively referred to as cholos. They were insufficient to sustain him in the 1845 Battle of Providencia against Juan Bautista Alvarado.

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Born
1802
Oaxaca
Religion
  • Catholicism
Profession
Died
Sep 7, 1853

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on July 23, 2013

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