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Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

 
 
Miguel Hidalgo y Castillo Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 17, 2015
1. Miguel Hidalgo y Castillo Marker
Inscription.
Al Padre de la Patria
Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Al conmemorar el
Bicentenario de la Independencia de México
y el Centenario de la Revolución Mexicana
Municipalidad de Guatemala
Embajada de México en Guatemala
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala, 16 de septiembre de 2010

English translation:
To the Father of the Homeland
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
To commemorate the
Bicentennial of Mexican Independence
and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution
Municipality of Guatemala
Mexican Embassy in Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala, September 16, 2010

 
Erected 2010.
 
Location. 14° 36.451′ N, 90° 30.917′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Click for map. Avenida La Reforma between 8a and 6a Calles.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Israel and Guatemala Monument (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); José Maria Reina Barrios (about 180 meters away); The Ceiba, Guatemala's National Tree (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Miguel Garcia Granados (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Fire at the Spanish Embassy in Guatemala
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 17, 2015
2. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Marker
(approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Miltary Academy of Guatemala (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Assassination of Dr. Alberto Fuentes Mohr (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Bernal Diaz de Castillo (approx. 0.8 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Guatemala City.
 
Regarding Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was a Mexican Catholic priest and early leader in the war for Mexican independence from Spain. As a priest, Hidalgo served in a church in Dolores, Mexico. In 1810 he gave a famous speech (the “Grito de Dolores” or “Cry of Dolores”) which called upon the people to protect the interest of the Spanish King Fernando VII (held captive by Napoleon) by revolting against the European-born Spaniards who had overthrown the Spanish Viceroy in Mexico. He marched across large parts of Mexico and gathered an army of nearly 90,000 poor farmers and Mexican civilians who attacked and killed both Spanish and Mexican-born elites, even though Hidalgo's troops lacked training and were poorly armed. These troops eventually met with 6,000 well-armed Spanish troops, and most of his followers fled or were killed at the Battle of Calderon Bridge
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla monument inscription image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 17, 2015
3. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla monument inscription
The inscription on the monument has changed over the years, but at the time of this photograph it reads: "Guatemala al Procer de la Independencia Mexicana, Hidalgo, Sep 16 de 1910, Sep de 1811." (In English: Guatemala to the Leader of Mexican Independence, Hidalgo, September 16, 1910, September 1811).
on 17 January 1811. Hidalgo was eventually executed by a firing squad on 30 July 1811 in Chihuahua City. Another 10 years of struggle and fighting would pass before Mexico finally gained independence from Spain. However, the date of September 16, 1810 when Hidalgo made his first declaration of indepence from Spain would be accepted by most Mexicans as the date of the birth of their nation.

This statue was originally created around 1908 during the Guatemalan government of Cabrera, probably as a way to commemorate the 1910 centennial of Mexican Indepence. An image of the monument can also be seen in the bronze plates on the Monument of the Star (Monumento de la Estrella). The original marble bust was replaced by a bronze bust made by sculptor E. Tambriz in 1969.
 
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Hidalgo bust from 1969 by sculptor E. Tambriz image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, July 17, 2015
4. Hidalgo bust from 1969 by sculptor E. Tambriz
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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