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By: Shane, Caleb, and Jere

Mier Y Teran "Short Biography"

Mier Y Teran was born February 18, 1789. Mier y Terán was good at mathematics and engineering and graduated from the College of Mines in Mexico city in 1811. In 1827, leaders in Mexico sent General Teran to Texas to explore the area and write a report. He was also elected to the first Mexican Congress as the representative of Chiapas and served on its committee for the colonization of unoccupied territory. His rank was a Brigadier General and died on July 3, 1832 and was 43 years old.

What Was In His Report

In his report he recommended that strong measures are taken against the United States gaining Texas. He suggested additional fortress surrounding Texas, closer trade ties with Mexico, and he encouraged more Mexican and European settlers to come to Texas. This concluded that most Americans refuse to become citizens, and try to remove themselves from Mexico.

Report Of 1828

The report that de did in 1828 enacted the Law Of April 6th. This law doesn't allow any more americans to migrate into Texas, places taxes on goods coming into Texas from the U.S., doesn't allow slaves from entering Texas from the U.S., and deploys Mexican troops for permanent duty station in Texas.

Eye Witnesses

Dr. Mora 1837- In his political faith he was a progressive, and although until 1827 he had belonged to the Scottish rite and had committed grave errors, his brilliant talent and upright conduct made him realize quite early that he owed service only to his country; and he retired from the scene to become head of the boundary commission, retaining his friendships, renouncing the hatreds and bickerings of parties, and determined to be just to everyone.... Neither the rebellion of Acordada, nor that of Jalapa, nor of any which followed, gained his approval; to all he refused his services, remaining at all times loyal to the recognized government, firm in the conviction that civil wars, only by exception, are a means of progress.

Lorenzo de Zavala described Terán as follows:Mier y Terán is one of the personages who has most distinguished himself by his knowledge, his patriotic services, and his constant application to study. Of all the former patriots and Mexican independents, he is perhaps the least frank and most difficult to become acquainted with. Whether by a distrust which he feels for others or whether he wishes to appear incomprehensible, there is noted in his conversation a certain reserve, an obscurity, which does not proceed from any lack of capacity to express himself. The manner in which he dissolved the congress at Tehuacán explains his character. Just the same, he is not a man of strong will, although he would thus appear at times. This reserve, this ambiguity, does not invite the confidences of friendship, nor of parties; and perhaps explains why Terán has neither friends nor party.