The Benson Latin American Collection

Santiago Tapia Papers, 1823-1866

Descriptive Summary

Creator Tapia, Santiago, 1820-1866
Title Santiago Tapia Papers
Dates: 1823-1866
Abstract Personal papers of Mexican general and politician Santiago Tapia include his memoir, military records, and correspondence.
OCLC Record No. 46823600
Extent 1 linear inch
Language Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Soldier, general, governor. Born in Aguililla, Mexico, in 1820. Died in Matamoros in 1866. Entered the Mexican Army at the age of twelve ‪"‬under the protection of General Santa Anna‪"‬ and participated in the war against the French invasion of Veracruz ‪(‬1838-1839‪)‬, the War with Texas, the U.S.-Mexican War and the War of French intervention, 1861-1867. He was involved in political conflicts between liberal and conservative factions, adhering to the ‪"‬Plan de Ayutla‪"‬ and joining the Liberal army during the ‪"‬Guerra de los Tres Años ‪(‬1858-1861‪)‬. Tapia was governor of Puebla in 1862, of Michoacán in 1863 and of Tamaulipas in 1866. He died of typhus during the siege of Matamoros.

Scope and Contents Note

Collection consists of Santiago Tapia's holograph memoir: ‪"‬Memorias del ingreso, permanencia y separaciones de la carrera de las armas de Santiago Tapia‪"‬, where he relates his military activity in the Mexican Army between 1832 and 1852, and historical events in which he either participated or witnessed, such as his extensive commentary on the Goliad Massacre ‪(‬Mar. 27, 1836‪)‬. Records of his military awards, appointments and letters received by him ‪(‬1845-1862‪)‬ are present, including the military records of his father. Major correspondents include Benito Júarez.

Organized into three series: I. Santiago Tapia, 1839-1866. II. Antonio Tapia, 1823-1852. III. Estéfana Longoria Urresti, 1839. In series I only, are the following sub-series: 1. Memoir ‪(‬238 p. ; 23 cm.‪)‬. 2. Letters received. General, 1845-1862. 3. Letters received from Benito Juárez, 1862-1863. 4. Military awards, appointments and other records, 1839-1866.


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Index Terms

The Santiago Tapia Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Tapia, Santiago, 1820-1866--Archives
Juárez, Benito, 1806-1872--Correspondence
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives, Mexican
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Campaigns--Texas--Personal narratives, Mexican
Goliad Massacre, Goliad, Tex., 1836--Personal narratives, Mexican
Mexico--History--European intervention, 1861-1867--Sources
Mexico--History, Military--19th century--Sources
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836--Personal narratives, Mexican

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Cite as: Santiago Tapia Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

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Santiago Tapia Papers, 1823-1866

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