Around 1850 Mexican intellectuals became so alarmed by the lost of of half of the country`s territory, the poverty of its people and goverment, and its state of permanent civil war theta they decided to take into their hands the destiny of the sick nation.
Some liberals wanted to “go quickly” to fulfil the aspirations of the Liberalism (“puros” or “red”); others wanted to “go slowly”, to achieve the same ideals (“moderates”), and while puros and moderates argued with each other, the Conservatives took power.
José María Blancarte, a fugitive from justice, the man responsable for the fall of the governor of Jalisco, and the pronouncer of three revolutionary plans. The last, The Plan of the Hospicio, made 3 demands: removal from office of President Arista; a federal Constitution; and recall of Santa Anna. With these demands he won the support of many local rebels, and the leader of the conservative Party, Alamán.
Alamàn maintained that Santa Anna could find a lasting and stable regime. Alamán called Santa Anna out of the exile and on april 1, 1853, he arrived at the port of Veracruz, reaching the capital on the 20th.
The next day he formed a cabinet headed by Lucas Alamán . On april 22, Alamán abolished the provinvial legislatures and created a new Minsitry of Development.
On the 25th, the Lares Law prohibited the printing of “subversive, seditious, inmoral, isultulting, and slanderous writing”, and the liberals fell victims to dismissals.
With the death of alamán on June 2, Santa Anna lsot what had sustained him. After a talk with the salave-owner Gasden, who had been sent by The USA government to acquire territories in the north, he sold La Mesilla of Arizona. He gave hmself the title “His Most Supreme Highness”; imposed taxes on coaches, horses, dogs, and windows; gave banquets with imported princess; and organized ceremonies in his honor as well as huge orgies.
A French adventurer, Count Raousset de Boulbon, invaded Sonora and expected to arrive to Baja California. Apaches and Comanches increased their depredations. The country suffered a new epidemic of bubonic plague.
On March 1. 1854, Colonel Florencio Villareal had pronounced a plan demanding that the dictator be deposed and a constitutional congress be converted. Colonel Ignacio Comonfort supported and modified the plan in Acapulco.
President Santa Anna was roundly defeated by the rebels and furtively left the country in August 1855. General Àlvarez was named interim president.
Altoght the new president proceeded cautiously in implementing the Liberal Reforms, Conservatice protests over the Juárez Law that restricted the church privileges, among others. Meanwhile, a congress had been convened and, after election of its members, began to work in 1856.
A comittee directed by Arriaga drafted a constitution, which was concluded and sworn to in February 1857. Basically, it followed the lines set down by the constitution of 1824- a federal form of a state and a republican, representative,a nd democratic form of goverment.
Comonfort, confirmed as president of the Republic, shoul have put into effect the new political document, but he did not. The Conservatives, led by General Felix Zuloaga, pronounced the Plan of Tacubaya demending repeal of the Constitution.
The Conservatives recognized Zuloaga as president. Benito Juarez, assumed the title and declared constitutional order restored.
After January 1858, the Liberal and Conservative Parties engaged in a war that in its first phase lasted three years. The first year, the Conservatives triumphed.
In July 1858 Benito Juarez issued the “Reform Laws”, they called for nationalization of Church properties; the closing of monasteries and convents; the esgtablishment of civil registry for certificates of birth, marriage, and death; the secularization of cementeries; and the supression of many religious festivals.
Finalcial difficulties had compelled the Liberal Government to suspend payment of its foreign debt and interest. England, spain, and France proteted against this measure and in the London Convention of October 1861 they agreed to intervene in Mexico to secure payment of the debt by force.
The French imperial couple, Napoleon and Eugénie, became involved with the Mexican conservatives.
The first intervention troops landed in Veracruz . The Liberal Government entered into negotiations with then an, throughthe Traties of La soledad, arranged for withdrawal of the English and Spanish armies.
France remained alone and determined to impose a monarchy on Mexico with the support of the troops of the Conservative Party. The French army was commanded by Lorencez, Forey, and Bazaine.
Lorencez was repulsed outside of Puebla on May 5. Forey destroyed the Liberal army , took possession of the capital, and appointed a governing junta to elect members of an Assambly of Notables and a provisional executive body.
However, the imperial laws were never enforced. At the end of the Civil War, The USA demanded the departure of the french. The French emperor was obligated by 5he threat of Prussia to recall his troops from Mexico. Maximiliano could not hold out against the Liberal armies under Mariano Escobedo, Ramón Corona, and Porfirio Díaz. He surrendered in Queretaro on May 15, 1867 and, together with Generals Miramón and Mejía, was executed in Cerro de las Campanas on June 19.