Today in Latin American History
Spanish Troops Defeat the Mexicans at the Battle of Calderón Bridge in 1811
Photo: Map of the Battle of Calderón Bridge
Today in Latin American history, a heavily outnumbered Spanish force of 6,000 troops defeats nearly 100,000 Mexican revolutionaries at the Battle of Calderón Bridge in 1811.
The battle marked the end of the first stage of the Mexican War of Independence and was noted for the fact that the insurgents fought with more passion than strategy.
The insurgent forces were devastated and the events that followed would lead up to the capture and ultimately the sentence of Miguel Hidalgo.
Ten years after defeat at the Battle of Calderón Bridge, Mexican insurgents were victorious and independence was achieved.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Colombian writer Tomás Carrasquilla who won National Prize of Literature was born in 1858
- Today in LatAm history, El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico became part of the United States National Forest System as the Luquillo Forest Reserve in 1903
- Today in LatAm history, Argentine footballer Guillermo Stábile who played for & managed the National team was born in 1905
- Today in LatAm history, Cuban cartoonist Antonio Prohías who created the “Spy vs. Spy” comic strip was born in 1921
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Mexico Luis Echeverría Álvarez who was in office 1970-1976 was born in 1922
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez who was in office 2005-2012 was born in 1940
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican footballer Cuauhtémoc Blanco who played for the National team & Club América was born in 1973
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican-American actor Freddy Rodriguez who has starred in “Ugly Betty” & “Grindhouse” was born in 1975