Salvatierra in Municipality of Salvatierra, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
The Battle of the Bridge of Batan
Dedica este recuerdo
a los mártires de la
el dia 18 de abril de
Dedicate this to the memory of
the martyrs of Independence
sacrificed here on April 18, 1813.
Erected 1890 by A. Junta Patriotica.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Wars, Non-US.
Location. 20° 12.677′ N, 100° 53.183′ W. Marker is in Salvatierra, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Salvatierra. Memorial is on Calle Fray Andrés de San Miguel just east of Calle Batanes, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salvatierra, Guanajuato 38900, Mexico. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bridge of Batanes (within shouting distance of this marker); Church and Former Convent of San Buenaventura (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Federico Escobedo Tinoco (approx. Portal Juárez (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); 175th Anniversary of the Beginning of Mexican Independence (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de La Luz (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); José de Jesús del Valle (approx. 3.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salvatierra.
Regarding The Battle of the Bridge of Batan. The 1890 marker remembers the victims of the Battle of the Batan Bridge on April 18, 1813. Insurgent forces under Ramón Rayón had fortified the bridge and were expecting Iturbide's Royalist forces coming from Vallodolid (now Morelia) on their way to Querétaro. When Rayón's subordinate Oviedo disobeyed orders and left a flank exposed, Iturbide's forces took advantage of the situation and took the bridge.
Iturbide would continue to advance in the ranks of the Spanish forces, up to the point in 1821 where he would famously accept a deal with the Insurgents where he would become Emperor of Mexico in exchange for ending the War of Independence. It was no doubt ironic to the many Insurgents who had fought against Iturbide during the Mexican War of Independence that although he brought independence from Spain, he was now their new Emperor.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 15, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.