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General Miguel Barragán

 
 
General Miguel Barragán Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 23, 2017
1. General Miguel Barragán Marker
Inscription.
Al Gral. D.
Miguel Barragan
Benemerito de la Patria
y a sus dignos
compañeros de armas de 1825
a quienes se debio
la rendición de este castillo,
último reducto
de la
dominación española.
La “Academia Mexicana
de la Historia”
en el primer centenario
de ese glorioso hecho
-1925.-

English translation:
To General Miguel Barragán
Most Worthy of the Nation
and to his illustrious brothers in arms of 1825
who were responsible for taking this fort,
the last stronghold of Spanish domination.
Tribute from the Mexican Academy of History
on the 100th anniversary of this glorious event.
1925

 
Erected 1925 by Academia Mexicana de la Historia.
 
Location. 19° 12.585′ N, 96° 7.867′ W. Marker is in Veracruz, Veracruz, in Municipality of Veracruz. Touch for map. The marker is on one of the columns right before crossing the "Bridge of Sighs" over to the area used as prison cells at the Fort San Juan de Ulúa. Marker is in this post office area: Veracruz 91700, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benito Juárez in Prison in San Juan de Ulúa (within shouting distance of this marker); The Governor's House
General Miguel Barragán Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 23, 2017
2. General Miguel Barragán Marker
The marker is on the leftmost column in this view, right before starting to cross over the "Bridge of Sighs". Interestingly, Barragán must have walked over this same area when he was held prisoner at the fort in 1827.
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Prison of San Juan de Ulúa (within shouting distance of this marker); The “Curtain” of San Fernando (within shouting distance of this marker); Patio of the Curtain or Dry Moat (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Last Stronghold of the Spanish in Mexico (about 90 meters away); The Bastion of San Crispin (about 90 meters away); The Bastion of San Pedro (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Veracruz.
 
Regarding General Miguel Barragán. Miguel Barragán (1789-1836) was a member of the Spanish military and then fought for Mexican independence. As the marker mentions, he is most famous for the final conquest of the Fort of San Juan de Ulúa in 1825 against the last Spanish troops. Unfortunately, only two years later he was accused of treason by President Victoria and jailed in a prison cell at the same fort that he had conquered. He was later exiled from the country, but received an amnesty in 1829. Interestingly, before dying in 1836 he requested that his body be
An additional nearby marker on the "Bridge of Sighs" image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 23, 2017
3. An additional nearby marker on the "Bridge of Sighs"

El puente de los suspiros
Este puente unía el fuerte con el revellín de San José donde, en la época virreinal, se almacenaban las armas, municiones y pólvora. El puente era levadizo, pues en caso de ataque debía impedirse el paso para salvaguardar tanto los pertrechos como la fortaleza.

Se le llama "puente de los suspiros" porque cuando los presos lo atravesaban para purgar su condena en la cárcel era difícil que salieran con vida. Al estar en la húmeda prisión, los reos perdían la salud debido a los trabajos forzados, las torturas, la mala alimentación y las enfermedades. Así, cruzar el puente significaba dar “el último suspiro", pues la muerte estaba próxima.

English translation:
The Bridge of Sighs
This bridge united the fort with the Ravelin of San José where, in the viceroyal era, arms, ammunition and gunpowder were stored. The bridge could be raised and lowered, as in case of attack it was necessary to block the passage and safeguard both the supplies and the fortress.

It is called the "Bridge of Sighs" because when the ravelin was later used as a prison, crossing this bridge to begin a prison sentence most likely meant that one would not make it out alive. While in the damp prison, prisoners lost their health due to forced labor, torture, poor diet and disease. Thus crossing the bridge meant that one was soon to give their "last breath," for death was near.
divided and different parts buried in areas where he had lived or fought during his lifetime. He had requested that his tongue be buried at San Juan de Ulúa, however it is unknown if this request was actually honored.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesPatriots & PatriotismWars, Non-US
 
The Bridge of Sighs at Fort San Juan de Ulúa image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, March 23, 2017
4. The Bridge of Sighs at Fort San Juan de Ulúa
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 10, 2017, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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