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Benito Juarez

Mexican Politician & Hero

Over the following years, his political career rose steadily, occupying several positions including, Civil Judge, Secretary General of the Government and Attorney General of the Court of Justice among others, until finally, he became acting Governor of the State of Oaxaca in 1847.

During his tenure, he doubled the number of schools in the state, economically balanced state finances, carried out important public works such as local roads and reconstruction of the Government Palace, established schools (for training teachers), drafted geographical maps and drawings of Oaxaca City and founded the port of Huatulco to facilitate transportation of goods from the port of Acapulco.

After political problems with dictator Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, President of Mexico for the eleventh time, he was locked up in the San Juan de Ulua prison and later exiled to the island of Cuba, then transferred to New Orleans in the United States. There, he met many influential political figures (Ocampo, Mata, Arriaga and Montenegro) who had also suffered Santa Anna’s persecution and were deported, and with whom he planned to return to Mexico and win public power.

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