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Manuel Micheltorena

Manuel Micheltorena
Personal data
Date of deathSeptember 7, 1853(age 1853)
ProfessionPolitician, soldier
ReligionRoman Catholic
Governor of Alta California
In office1842 - 1845
PresidentAntonio López de Santa Anna
Succeeded byPío Pico
Preceded byJuan Bautista Alvarado

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Manuel Micheltorena (died September 7, 1853) was a Brigadier General of the Mexican Army, Adjutant-General of the same, Governor, Commandant-General and Inspector of the Department of the California. He received this appointment by the President of Mexico, Antonio López de Santa Anna and served from December 30, 1842 until his ouster in 1845.

Micheltorena was instrumental in the privatisation of California land. With loyalties firmly seated in Mexico City, he faced criticism, opposition and eventually war from the Californios.

He led a rag-tag team of soldiers comprising criminals of lower-class mixed ancestry, who were derisively referred to as cholos. They were insufficient to sustain him in the 1845 Battle of Providencia against Juan Bautista Alvarado.

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