Mexican Independence Day 1810

In the dawn hours of September 16, 1810 in the small town of Dolores, Mexico, Spanish priest-turned-rebel leader Miguel Hidalgo declared Mexico’s independence from Spain. The movement was initially known as the “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”). As church bells rang, Hidalgo urged his people to revolt against their colonial oppressors. The first major engagement of the Mexican War of Independence was four days later in Guanajuato.  After almost 10 years of war, the Mexicans succeeded in defeating the Spanish.  Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16, with the ringing of bells and the roll call names of the Mexican heroes of the rebellion. (Mural image by Juan O’Gorman)

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