Death of Father Miguel Hidalgo

As bullets from the firing squad cruelly cracked the early morning air, Father Miguel Hidalgo, the rebel priest, crumbled to the desert earth.  Hidalgo is regarded as one of founders of modern Mexico.  Born to parents of Spanish heritage in Mexico, his assignment in the region of Dolores, Mexico, transformed him from social activist to military general.  He witnessed the terrible poverty of the indigenous people, and frustrated in his attempts to help them through agricultural development, he began the Mexican War of Independence (1810–1821). He was betrayed, tried for treason, and executed.  Hidalgo’s final words rang true as his memory is honored throughout Mexico, “Though I may die, I shall be remembered forever; you all will soon be forgotten.”

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