MEXICANS: Monterey has succumbed. . . . The intention of the enemy to occupy
the entire republic has been manifested; the government has decided to triumph
or perish with her. . . . [T]he nation prefers that no rock over rock remain,
before seeing its sovereignty trampled, its rights and temples. The undefeated
general called by her to place himself at the head of the troops, is settled on
not surviving the dishonor of his mother country.
Credits: Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles