Today in Latin American History
Father Hidalgo’s “Grito de Dolores” Began Mexico’s Fight for Independence in 1810
Photo: Father Hidalgo
Today in Latin American history, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s ”Grito de Dolores” began Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain in 1810.
The “grito” was the pronunciamiento of the Mexican War of Independence.
Although Fr. Hidalgo’s exact words are unknown, the general spirit was:
“My children: a new dispensation comes to us today. Will you receive it? Will you free yourselves? Will you recover the lands stolen three hundred years ago from your forefathers by the hated Spaniards? We must act at once… Will you defend your religion and your rights as true patriots? Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe! Death to bad government! Death to the gachupines!”
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Gomes who gained a lot of recognition in Europe died in 1896
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican politician, medical doctor & diplomat Ramón Emeterio Betances died in 1898
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Argentina Juan Peron was deposed in a military coup in 1955
- Today in LatAm history, Chilean musician, poet, & political activist Víctor Jara was murdered in 1973
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan footballer Salomón Rondón who plays for the National team was born in 1989