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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • possessive proper n. Santa Anna, Antonio López de 1795?-1876. Mexican military and political leader who tried to crush the Texan revolt. Victorious at the Alamo (1836), he was soon after defeated and captured by the Texans. In the Mexican War he lost several major battles (1846-1847) to Gen. Zachary Taylor.

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