Guatemala City in Municipality of Guatemala, Guatemala
Monument of the Star
Monumento de La Estrella
This marker consists of nine bronze plaques mounted to a single monument. Plaques are numbered, and those with substantive text are presented in Spanish, and then translated into English.
Herido gravemente en la batalla de San Jorge, Nicaragua, el 4 de Febrero de 1857. El coraje de hombres como él, que sacrificaron su vida, dieron el triunfo a las tropas. centroamericanos en la GUERRA NACIONAL contra los filibusters. 30 de Junio de 1959.
Comandante de las tropas guatemaltecas en la GUERRA NACIONAL contra los filibusteros en Nicaragua. Falleció el 2 de Diciembre de 1856, durante el sitio de la Ciudad de Granada. 30 de Junio de 1959.
Heróicas combatientes en la GUERRA NACIONAL DE CENTROAMERICA. Cayeron prisioneros de los filibusteros en la batalla de Granada, Nicaragua el 13 de Octubre de 1856. Dos dias mas tarde fueron fusilados. Murieron con el orgullo de haber peleado los invasores de la gran patria Centroamericana. 30 de Junio de 1959.
Llegó a Nicaragua el 6 de Noviembre de 1856, comandando las reservas guatemaltecas enviadas para la GUERRA NACIONAL DE CENTROAMERICA. Falleció en Masaya el 28 del mismo mes, días antes de que sus tropas actuaran en el exterminio de los filibusteros. 30 de junio de 1959.
Erected 1908 by Commissioned by President Estrada Cabrera.
Location. 14° 36.919′ N, 90° 30.835′ W. Marker is in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in Municipality of Guatemala. Marker is at the intersection of Avenida La Reforma Zona 10 and 10 Avenida y Ruta 6 Zona 4, in the median on Avenida La Reforma Zona 10. Touch for map. Botanical Garden on the right hand side; Liceo Guatemala on the right hand side; Chamber of Commerce, to the left of 10 Avenida. Marker is in this post office area: Guatemala City, Guatemala 01010, Guatemala.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Founding of the Botanical Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Assassination of Dr. Alberto Fuentes Mohr (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Chapel of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias (about 120 meters away); Miltary Academy of Guatemala (about 210 meters away); Miguel Garcia Granados (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Tower of the Reformer (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); José Maria Reina Barrios (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); Israel and Guatemala Monument (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Guatemala City.
Regarding Monument of the Star.
Commissioned by President Estrada Cabrera, with Decree #678 on January 1, 1908, this monument was created to honor the perpetual memory of those who gave their lives during the Central American National War. Many present day Central American countries had committed to preserving the sovereign status of the region; this monument was dedicated to the heroes of that war. Giocondo Granai was originally contracted to construct the monument. The sculptor was Francisco Durini, and Luis Fontaine was the final builder. The monument's inauguration occurred during the festivities celebrating the completion of the North Terminal of the National Railroad of Guatemala in 1908.
The Central American National War led to a unified effort (of present day Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua ) confronting the U.S. led invasion of the 1850s. William Walker, native of Tennessee, was the head of a private military expedition with the intention of establishing a territory to be annexed by the United States. This enterprise then known as 'filibustering' was the reason for the invasion, later Walker was captured and executed by the government of Honduras in 1860.
Six purple-basalt steps arise from an octagonal platform. The steps are the foundation for a green granite base, from where a pink-porphyry containing triangular center hosts a star on top. There are nine plaques,
Also see . . . Monumento del Ejército o de La Estrella. A Spanish-language history of the monument, by Dr. Frieda Liliana Morales Barco. (Submitted on November 2, 2014.)
Additional keywords. Filibuster, William Walker, Juan Santamaria
Categories. • Military • Notable Events •
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