Goliad in Goliad County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
General Ignacio Zaragoza
(January 14, 1829 - September 8, 1862)
Siempre fue caudillo en la defensa de su patria, el 5 de mayo de 1862, durante la invasión de las fuerzas Francesas de Napoleón III y Maximiliano, en la Batalla de Puebla y al mando de 4,000 soldados mal armados, derrotó a 8,000 zuavos veteranos Franceses. Ésta heróica victoria dió a México su gran fiesta patriótica nacional "El Cinco de Mayo."
Born on this site when it was called "Bahia del Espiritu Santo;" in 1855, at the head of an army of Mexican volunteers, contributed to the defeat of dictator Santa Anna.
Always a leader in the defense of his country, on May 5, 1862, during the invasion of the French forces of Napoleon III and Maximilian, in the Battle of Puebla, he led 4,000 poorly armed soldiers to defeat 8,000 veteran French zouaves. This heroic victory gave Mexico its great national patriotic anniversary, "El Cinco de Mayo."
Erected 1967 by
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • Military • Patriots & Patriotism. A significant historical date for this entry is May 5, 1862.
Location. 28° 38.846′ N, 97° 22.989′ W. Marker is in Goliad, Texas, in Goliad County. Marker is at the intersection of Calle Cinco de Mayo and Lopez Road on Calle Cinco de Mayo. The marker is south of Goliad State Park and adjacent to Presidio La Bahia. It is east of South Jefferson Street (U.S. Hwy. 83/77) via Camino de Bexar. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goliad TX 77963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to the Ignacio Zaragoza Birthplace / Bienvenido a la Casa Natal de Ignacio Zaragoza (a few steps from this marker); Manuel Becerra (within shouting distance of this marker); A Strategic Location (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidio La Bahía (within shouting distance of this marker); A Pitiful Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidio la Bahia del Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga (within shouting distance of this marker); Nine Flags Over Goliad (within shouting distance of this marker); Replica of Texas Independence Flagpole (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goliad.
Also see . . . History of Cinco de Mayo. (Submitted on September 30, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,030 times since then and 148 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on November 6, 2023, by Jeff Leichsenring of Garland, Texas. 2, 3. submitted on September 26, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4. submitted on April 25, 2015. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.