Lending support to Lavalleja, he sent a force of three hundred men across the river.
The Lavalleja colony was founded in a field of government land, and occupied by many native families.
The first legislative act of the National Assembly came as a bitter blow to Lavalleja.
Determined to inflict a first decisive blow, Lavalleja led his men onwards to the attack.
The Constituent Assembly, which soon met and framed a paper constitution, was controlled by Lavalleja's partisans.
Thus ere Lavalleja's expedition had succeeded in crossing the stream there had been moments of wild bustle in Dolores.
He promptly deserted and was at once associated with Lavalleja in the command.
In short, Lavalleja became a dictator of the most arbitrary type from the very beginning of his authority.
Jealousies and quarrels had meantime broken out between Lavalleja and Rivera.
Lavalleja advanced to the south, calling the population to arms, while the northern detachments rose in response to Rivera.