Ignacio Sierra y Rosso was a confidant and close associate of Santa Anna from the 1830s and the late 1840s. Initially a santanista poet, Sierra y Rosso publicly performed poetry in honor of Santa Anna, then serving as president, at an opera premiere. He also delivered a eulogy for the leg Santa Anna lost while fighting French forces in 1838. Sierra y Rosso's speech was part of a grand interment ceremony Santa Anna conducted for his lost limb as a way to celebrate his sacrifice for Mexico and endear himself to the Mexican people after his defeat in Texas at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836. During these years Sierra y Rosso primarily looked after Santa Anna's personal affairs, but also briefly served as Secretary of the Interior under Valentín Gómez Farías during the 1847 Polkos Revolt. However, his loyalties throughout the tumultuous decades of the 1830s and 1840s remained firmly with Santa Anna, even as he worked under other Mexican leaders.
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