The Sierra Gorda forms a portion of the Sierra Madre Oriental, a vast region in central Mexico which became a haven for discontented and politically persecuted groups in the nineteenth century. This article examines the manner in which local socioeconomic interests came into conflict with the project of Santa Anna's government to convert the area into a territory. It also considers how the rebellions of 1854 and 1855, which initially reflected local concerns, expanded to become part of the larger Revolution of Ayutla.

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