Editor says, what if Santa Anna had liberated Texas from Spanish Control? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in this article we explore a point of divergence with Scott Palter, Robbie Taylor and Jeff Provine. Of course in reality a weaker Spain had long since withdrawn from the south-west and his own military service in region (dating back to 1812) was on behalf of the Mexican State.
Scott Palter adds: Idea was Santa Anna taking chrge of a Spanish Louisiana on the breakup of the Spanish Empire and using that as a base extending his control to the West. Mexican/Spanish garrisons were thin on the ground and in 1812-1830 Louisiana was the richest state in the US. Jefferson had only tried to buy a Hong Kong type free port in New Orleans. Napoleon shocked him by insisting he take the entire territory. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.