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Lorenzo de Zavala

Born in Yucatan in 1788, Lorenzo de Zavala dedicated much of his life to creating a Federalist Mexico, with a strong constitution to guard citizens' rights. But when his former ally Santa Anna established a centralized regime in 1834 and quickly moved to suppress the Federalists, Zavala did the only thing he could to weaken the leader’s iron grip: he helped bring about the Texas Revolution.

Image: Lorenzo de Zavala. Image courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Audio: Houston Public Media

Portrait of Lorenzo de Zavala