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Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México, Mexico — The Central Highlands

Aquiles Serdán

Aquiles Serdán Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 5, 2018
1. Aquiles Serdán Marker

Aquiles Serdan
Nació en la Ciudad de Puebla el 2 de noviembre de 1876. Antireeleccionista y decidido opositor al régimen del General Porfirio Díaz. Inició la rebelión en Puebla y murió en el levantamiento el 18 de noviembre de 1910. La Patria agradecida ha grabado su nombre en el recinto del Congreso de la Unión.

English translation:
Aquiles Serdán
He was born in the City of Puebla on November 2, 1876. He was a decided antireelectionist and staunch opponent of the regime of General Porfirio Díaz. He started the rebellion in Puebla and died in the uprising of November 18, 1910. The grateful Nation has engraved his name at the Congress of the Union.
Location. 19° 26.278′ N, 99° 8.433′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas and Pensador Mexicano, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker and statue are in the southern portion of a small park. Marker is in this post office area: Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México 06300, Mexico.
Other nearby markers.
Aquiles Serdán Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 5, 2018
2. Aquiles Serdán Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Convent of La Concepción (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Guglielmo Marconi (about 150 meters away); The Chapel of the Dead (about 180 meters away); a different marker also named Convent of La Concepción (about 180 meters away); Ignacio Manuel Altamirano (about 180 meters away); The House of Hernán Martín (about 210 meters away); Hospital de los Terceros Franciscanos (about 210 meters away); El Palacio Postal (about 210 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de Mexico.
Regarding Aquiles Serdán. Aquiles Serdán Alatriste (2 November 1876 – 18 November 1910), born in the city of Puebla, Puebla, was a supporter of the Mexican Revolution led by Francisco I. Madero.

His family was politically active and involved. His grandfather, Miguel C. Alatriste, was a strong liberal during the Reform, and served as governor of the state of Puebla in 1857. During the French Intervention, Alatriste fought against the invaders and their Mexican conservative allies, was captured and executed. His father, Manuel Serdán, was one of the founders of the Partido Socialista Mexicano (Mexican Socialist Party), and co-authored agrarian reform laws. Manuel Serdán disappeared, perhaps murdered by authorities.

Aquiles Serdán was a shoemaker by trade,
Aquiles Serdán statue image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 5, 2018
3. Aquiles Serdán statue
as was his father, Manuel Serdán. He read Francisco I. Madero's 1909 book, The Presidential Succession of 1910, in which Madero laid out the problems of Mexico under Porfirio Díaz's rule and called for open elections. Serdán corresponded with Madero and organized an Anti-Reelectionist Club in the city of Puebla, joined mainly by textile workers. He became a revolutionary, opposing Díaz. Serdán was arrested by Díaz's government, spending October - December 1909 in prison.

He actively campaigned for Madero in the 1910 presidential elections, but when Madero was arrested and fraudulent elections held, Serdán left for the United States. When Madero escaped jail in 1910 and issued the Plan of San Luis Potosí, which called for rebellion throughout Mexico on November 20, 1910, Serdán returned to Puebla to organize revolution there. He and his brother Máximo bought arms and raised support from men to bear them. His sister Carmen Serdán went to San Antonio, Texas, a center of exiled Mexican revolutionaries, and obtained 20,000 pesos for the rebellion.

The Díaz government got wind of the Serdán's revolutionary activities and the Puebla police chief and men under his command came to the Serdán family home, where violence ensued on 18 November 1910. Serdán, his brother Máximo, and his wife, mother, and sister Carmen, along with nine men, defended the house. Although he had
Aquiles Serdán (seated second from left) and Madero in Puebla image. Click for full size.
4. Aquiles Serdán (seated second from left) and Madero in Puebla
Courtesy Mediateca INAH.
hopes that the city of Puebla would rise, it did not and the government forces killed Serdán, losing 158 of its own men. When Madero heard of Serdán's death, he is reported to have said, "It does not matter. They have shown us how to die."

The northern municipality of Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, was renamed in his honor in 1932; he is also remembered by the Aquiles Serdán Metro stop, a station on the Mexico City Metro. His house on Santa Clara Street in the center of Puebla is a museum and remains as he left it the day he was killed. Adapted from Wikipedia
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