Political map of North America & the Caribbean 26 January 1840 (Centralist Mexico): Mexico was more stable than Central America (Federal Republic of Central America), but only marginally so. Under the Centralist regime (Centralist Republic of Mexico) which had held sway since the time of the Texas revolution, the government attempted to consolidate power but faced frequent insurrections. Unrest led to foreign property damage and mounting debt, prompting France to launch the so-called Pastry War in 1838 to force Mexican reparations. Surviving this French intervention did little for the Mexican government, which soon had to deal with separatist revolts in the Rio Grande (Republic of the Rio Grande), Tabasco (Republic of Tabasco), and Yucatan (Republic of Yucat%C3%A1n).