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Juan Escutia, Child Hero of Mexico

Juan Escutia, Niño Héroe de México

 
 
Juan Escutia, Child Hero of Mexico Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 1, 2015
1. Juan Escutia, Child Hero of Mexico Marker
Inscription.
En este lugar murio la mañana
del 13 de Septiembre de 1847, en
defensa de la patria contra la
invasión norteamericana el
cadete del Colegio Militar
Juan Escutia

Homenaje de la Asociacion
del Heroico Colegio Militar fundada
en 1871
México, D.F. a 13 de Septiembre de 1970

English translation:
In this place during the morning of September 13, 1847, while in defense of the homeland against the North American invasion, died the cadet of the Military College
Juan Escutia

Tribute from the Military College Association founded in 1871
México City, Septembre 13, 1970
 
Erected 1970 by La Asociación del Heróico Colegio Militar.
 
Location. 19° 25.228′ N, 99° 10.835′ W. Marker is in Ciudad de Mexico, Ciudad de México. Marker can be reached from Calle del Rey. Touch for map. The marker is at the eastern base of the Chapultepec Castle hill, on a walkway that goes around the southern half of the hill.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Obelisk of the Children Heroes (a few steps from this marker); Monument to the Children Heroes of 1847 (within shouting distance of this marker); Chapultepec Hill
Juan Escutia, Child Hero of Mexico Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 1, 2015
2. Juan Escutia, Child Hero of Mexico Marker
The marker is attached to a boulder directly under the Chapultepec Castle, roughly in the center of the photo. This is the traditional site where the body of Juan Escutia was found, holding the Mexican flag. The six small panels that can be seen along the fence are images of the Children Heroes (Niños Héroes).
(within shouting distance of this marker); Vicente Suarez, Child Hero of Mexico (within shouting distance of this marker); The Castle Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Sounds in the Distance (within shouting distance of this marker); National Astronomical Observatory of Mexico (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); From the Peak (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ciudad de Mexico.
 
Regarding Juan Escutia, Child Hero of Mexico. The most famous of the Mexican boy heroes, legend has it that Juan Escutia jumped to his death at this location with the Mexican flag in his arms, rather than allow it to be taken by United States soldiers during the attack on the Chapultepec Castle on September 13, 1847.
 
Categories. War, Mexican-American
 
Juan Escutia, Child Hero of Mexico Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 1, 2015
3. Juan Escutia, Child Hero of Mexico Marker
This mural on the ceiling of the Chapultepec Castle entitled "Sacrifice of the Children Heroes" (Sacrificio de los Niños Héroes) by Gabriel Flores Garcia (1970) is an artistic representation of Juan Escutia´s death.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 4, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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