Today in Latin American History
Battle of El Molino del Rey During the Mexican-American War Took Place in 1847
Photo: Battle of El Molino del Rey
Today in Latin American history, the Battle of El Molino del Rey during the Mexican-American War took place in 1847.
One of the bloodiest engagements, it was fought between Mexican forces under General Antonio Léon against an American force under General Winfield Scott at a hill called El Molino del Rey near Mexico City.
The hard-won successes of the American army eventually penetrated the Mexican line at the Molino del Rey, making the Casa Mata untenable, and the Mexican troops retreated.
The day’s casualties included 800 killed and wounded Americans, and nearly 2,000 killed, wounded, and captured Mexicans.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, the Mexican city of Zacatecas was founded after silver is discovered by Conquistadors in 1546
- Today in LatAm history, Spaniard Jaime Nuño Roca who wrote the Mexican national anthem in 1854 was born in 1824
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza known for defeating the French on Cinco de Mayo died in 1862
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican actress Sara García who was in the “Golden Age of Mexican cinema” was born in 1895