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Goliad in Goliad County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

General Ignacio Zaragoza

(January 14, 1829 - September 8, 1862)

 
 
General Ignacio Zaragoza Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 11, 2010
1. General Ignacio Zaragoza Marker
Inscription.  
Nació en este lugar cuando se llamaba "Bahia del Espíritu Santo." En 1855, al mando de un ejército de voluntarios Mexicanos, contribuyó a la derrota del dictador Santa Anna.

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."

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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 Texas Historical Survey
General Ignacio Zaragoza - statue at his memorial, 0.25 miles southwest image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 11, 2010
2. General Ignacio Zaragoza - statue at his memorial, 0.25 miles southwest
Inscription on the base of this statue:
"Mexicanos: Los hijos de este generación nacimos libres así nos conservaremos o moriremos en la demanda." —Ignacio Zaragoza.
"Mexicans: The sons of this generation were born free and free we will remain or die demanding it." —Ignacio Zaragoza.
Committee. (Marker Number 2132.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: HeroesMilitaryPatriots & Patriotism.
 
Location. 28° 38.831′ N, 97° 22.986′ 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. Marker is south of Goliad State Park and adjacent to Presidio La Bahia - east of So. 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. Replica of Texas Independence Flagpole (within shouting distance of this marker); Manuel Becerra (within shouting distance of this marker); Presidio de Nuestra Señora de Loreto de la Bahía (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Angel of Goliad (about 700 feet away); La Bahía Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grave of Colonel J. W. Fannin and His Men (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aranama College (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cattle Drive from La Bahia (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Goliad.
 
Also see . . .  History of Cinco de Mayo - MEXonline.ocm. (Submitted on September 30, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords.
General Ignacio Zaragoza Texas State Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, August 11, 2010
3. General Ignacio Zaragoza Texas State Marker
- adjacent to the "Ignacio Zaragoza Birthplace" Historic Goliad Marker.
Tejano
 
General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829–1862) image. Click for full size.
Oil by Unknown Artist via Wikipedia Commons, April 25, 2015
4. General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829–1862)
El triunfador del 5 de mayo frente a los franceses. Óleo sobre tela, Acervo de la Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejada, Mexico, D.F. (English: The Victor of May 5th over the French. Oil on canvas, Miguel Lerdo de Tejada Library, Mexico City, Mexico).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,663 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on October 1, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. It was the Marker of the Week May 3, 2015. Photos:   1. submitted on September 25, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on September 26, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on April 25, 2015. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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