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Near San Lucas Totolmaloya in Municipality of Aculco, Estado de Mexico, Mexico — The Central Highlands
 

The Battle of Aculco and the “Blessed Tree”

 
 
The Battle of Aculco and the "Blessed Tree" Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 23, 2018
1. The Battle of Aculco and the "Blessed Tree" Marker
Inscription.  

Despues de la Batalla de Aculco, Hidalgo en su salida hacia El Bajio oficia misa bajo este árbol llamado Palo Bendito
Aculco Mexico a 28-V-2005

English translation:
After the Battle of Aculco, Hidalgo, while retreating towards El Bajío, held a mass under this tree. It is known locally as the “Blessed Tree”.
Aculco, Mexico, May 28, 2005
 
Erected 2005.
 
Location. 20° 8.646′ N, 99° 52.009′ W. Marker is near San Lucas Totolmaloya, Estado de Mexico, in Municipality of Aculco. Marker is on Federal Route 57 3 kilometers north of Route 330, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is small and hard to miss. Care should be taken when moving onto the road's shoulder. Marker is in this post office area: San Lucas Totolmaloya, Estado de Mexico 50397, Mexico.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in Aculco (approx. 4 kilometers away); The Naming of Aculco de Espinoza
The Battle of Aculco and the "Blessed Tree" Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 23, 2018
2. The Battle of Aculco and the "Blessed Tree" Marker
This view of the marker and tree is towards the north. The tree is protected by a fence but it was open at the time of this visit.
(approx. 6.4 kilometers away); Hidalgo in Aculco (approx. 6.4 kilometers away); El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (approx. 6.5 kilometers away); Creation of the Municipality of Aculco (approx. 6.6 kilometers away); Parish of San Antonio de Padua (approx. 10.4 kilometers away); Polotitlán (approx. 10.4 kilometers away); José Felipe Polo (approx. 10.4 kilometers away).
 
Regarding The Battle of Aculco and the "Blessed Tree". The Battle of Aculco was a decisive, if messy, victory for Spanish forces against the Insurgent Army on November 7, 1810. This battle concluded with Allende and most of the Insurgents retreating in disorderly fashion to the south towards Maravatío. Hidalgo and some followers eventually retreated southwest to Morelia (then Vallodolid). Due to their hasty retreat and the known direction of their flight, it is highly unlikely that Hidalgo held a mass under this tree after the battle.
 
Categories. Colonial EraWars, Non-US
 
The Battle of Aculco and the "Blessed Tree" Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 23, 2018
3. The Battle of Aculco and the "Blessed Tree" Marker
The marker is to the right in this view towards the south of the "Blessed Tree".
A 'Cabeza de Águila' near the "Blessed Tree" Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 23, 2018
4. A 'Cabeza de Águila' near the "Blessed Tree" Marker
A few meters south of the "Blessed Tree" Marker is this 'Eagle's Head' monument which is one of 260 similar markers placed in 1960 along the route that Hidalgo took from 1810-1811 during the first phase of Mexican Independence.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2018, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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