Mier y Terán, Manuel (1789–1832)

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Mier y Terán, Manuel (1789–1832)

Manuel Mier y Terán (b. 18 February 1789; d. 3 July 1832), Mexican military figure and independence leader. Born in Mexico City, Mier studied at the School of Mines. In 1812 he joined the insurgents, distinguishing himself in combat. After the death of José María Morelos in 1815, he tried, but failed, to assume unified command of the insurgent movement. Later, he served as minister of war and marine. He was subsequently appointed inspector general of the army.

In 1827 Mier assumed command of the commission to define the boundary between Mexico and the United States, a task that highlighted the dangers that Anglo-American immigration posed to Texas. Although he successfully participated in the 1832 revolt against the regime of Anastasio Bustamante and was widely considered the leading candidate for the presidency, he became deeply depressed by the situation in Texas and took his life in a vain effort to galvanize his countrymen to action.

See alsoMexico, Wars and Revolutions: Revolt of 1832 .


Lucas Alamán, Historia de Méjico desde los primeros movimientos que prepararon su Independencia en el año de 1808, hasta la época presente, 5 vols. (1985).

Ohland Morton, Terán and Texas: A Chapter in Texas-Mexican Relations (1948).

Additional Bibliography

Jackson, Jack, editor. Texas by Terán: The Diary Kept by General Manuel de Mier y Terán on His 1828 Inspection of Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.

                     Jaime E. RodrÍguez O.