Mexican Doctrines in the Texas The Mexican Constitution of 1824 Mexico becomes an INDEPENDENT country, by defeating Spain in 1821. On October 4, 1824, Mexican Officials adopted the Federal Constitution of the United States of Mexico, or the Constitution of 1824 . The Mexican Constitution of 1824 Most Texans, Tejanos, and U.S settlers SUPPORTED the Constitution of 1824. The Constitution of 1824 is similar to the U.S Constitution. The similarities are as follows: 1- It gave limited power to the central government, and broad local authority to the states. 2- FEDERALISM- Distributes power between a central and regional governments. 3- The Constitution of 1824 divided power among THREE branches of government. 4- A President served as Head of State The Mexican Constitution of 1824 The Mexican Constitution of 1824 The Mexican Constitution of 1824 Central Government Legislative Branch Executive Branch Judicial Branch (Congress) (President) (Supreme Court) The Mexican Constitution of 1824 Differences in the Constitution of 1824 1- Mexico’s Lawmakers, NOT its citizens elected the President. 2- Mexico DID NOT separate church and State. 3- Mexico DID NOT have Freedom of Religion. 4- Catholicism was the Official Religion of Mexico. 5- Texas settlers disliked the unification of the Mexican Province of Coahuila and Texas as ONE Mexican State. 6-U.S settlers wanted local control over rights and freedoms. (Ex- Right to a trial by Jury) 7- In 1829, the Constitution made slavery ILLEGAL in Mexico. The Law of April 6, 1830 The Law of April 6, 1830 The Mexican Government will take action in response to Mier y Teran’s report of East Texas and its U.S settlers. The Law of April 6, 1830 would be passed by the Mexican government. The laws are as follows: 1- It banned U.S immigration to Texas. 2- It was illegal for U.S settlers to bring in more slaves in Texas. 3- Ended the Empresario Contracts! Mexico encouraged more Mexicans and Catholic Europeans into Texas, instead of U.S settlers. 4- Mexico would impose CUSTOM DUTIES ( Taxes) on ALL U.S imports coming to Texas. 5- The Mexican government will station hundreds of more troops in Texas, to enforce these new laws. The Law of April 6, 1830 Mexican officials hoped that the Law of April 6, 1830 would strengthen Mexico’s control over Texas. It will anger many Tejanos and U.S settlers, because they felt it would hurt the growing Texas economy. This would lead to the beginning of events, that would bring conflict between Mexico and the Texas settlers.
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