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Guanajuato in Municipality of Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

Lieutenant José Francisco Valenzuela

 
 
Lieutenant José Francisco Valenzuela Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 3, 2016
1. Lieutenant José Francisco Valenzuela Marker
Inscription.
El 28 de Septiembre de 1810 en este lugar el teniente realista irapuatense Dn Jose Francisco Valenzuela honrosamente perdió al vida defendiendo sus banderas contra el ataque de los patriotas Insurgentes

English translation:
On September 28, 1810 the Royalist Lieutenant from Irapuato, José Francisco Valenzuela, lost his life in this place while defending his flags from the attack of the patriot Insurgents.
 
Location. 21° 1.158′ N, 101° 15.486′ W. Marker is in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Guanajuato. Marker is on Calle 28 de Septiembre, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 48 Calle 28 de Septiembre, Guanajuato 36000, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Casimiro Chowell J. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cemetery of the Convent of the Temple of Bethlehem (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Burning of the Alhóndiga de Granaditas (about 120 meters away); The Temple of Bethlehem (about 150 meters away); The Hidalgo Market (about 180 meters away); The Bethlehemite Convent in Guanajuato
Lieutenant José Francisco Valenzuela Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 3, 2016
2. Lieutenant José Francisco Valenzuela Marker
The marker can be seen here on the side of a house. The street leads up the hill to the entrance to the Alhóndiga, the goal of the insurgents.
(about 180 meters away); José Martí in Mexico (about 180 meters away); Temple and Plaza San Roque (about 240 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guanajuato.
 
Regarding Lieutenant José Francisco Valenzuela. “Once the trenches were abandoned and the troops who defended the roof withdrawn, that wild mob rushed to the base of the building: those in front were pushed by those who followed, unable to turn around, as in an ocean storm when some waves are impelled by others till they dash against the rocks. The brave man could not show his mettle, nor could the coward find a way to flee. Captain Castilla died, some soldiers perished; the rest joined the conquerors. The valiant José Francisco Valenzuela, turning his horse about, rode up the hill three times, opening a path with his sword; he was dragged from his saddle and suspended on the points of the lances of those who surrounded him in large numbers; even so, he killed some of those closest to him before receiving his death blow, shouting “Long live Spain!” until he gave up his final breath. He was a native of Irapuato and a lieutenant of the company of that village.”


from "The Mexico Reader: History,
The Alhóndiga de Granaditas image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 3, 2016
3. The Alhóndiga de Granaditas
Some 300 Spanish Royalists were fortified inside of the Alhóndiga when it was attacked by some 20,000 enraged insurgents. Most of the Spanish and their allies were massacred.
Culture, Politics", Gilbert M. Joseph, Timothy J. Henderson,
Duke University Press, 2009.
 
Additional keywords. Mexican Independence
 
Categories. Wars, Non-US
 
Restored "Ruta de la Independencia" monument image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, December 3, 2016
4. Restored "Ruta de la Independencia" monument
Near the marker is this monument, restored in 2010 as part of the 200th anniversary of the Mexican independence movement.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 95 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 20, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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