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Salvatierra in Municipality of Salvatierra, Guanajuato, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The Battle of the Bridge of Batan

 
 
The Battle of the Bridge of Batan Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton
1. The Battle of the Bridge of Batan Marker
Inscription.  
A. Junta Patriotica
de 1890
Dedica este recuerdo
a los mártires de la
Independencia
sacrificados aqui
el dia 18 de abril de
1813.

English translation:
The Patriotic Board of 1890
Dedicate this to the memory of
the martyrs of Independence
sacrificed here on April 18, 1813.

 
Erected 1890 by A. Junta Patriotica.
 
Location. 20° 12.677′ N, 100° 53.183′ W. Marker is in Salvatierra, Guanajuato, in Municipality of Salvatierra. Marker 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.
 
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. 0.6 kilometers away);
The Battle of the Bridge of Batan Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton
2. The Battle of the Bridge of Batan Marker
The featured marker is attached to the building seen in this view and can be seen towards the right. The 'Bridge of Batanes' Marker is further to the left in this view.
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.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWars, Non-US
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 16, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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