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Today in Latin American History

The Virgin of Guadalupe First Appeared to Mexican Juan Diego in 1531

The Virgin of Guadalupe First Appeared to Mexican Juan Diego in 1531

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Today in Latin American history, the Virgin of Guadalupe first appeared to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, Mexico City in 1531.

The peasant Juan Diego saw on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac a vision of a girl of fifteen or sixteen years of age, surrounded by light.

Speaking to him in Nahuatl, the local language, she asked that a church be built at that site, in her honor; from her words, Juan Diego recognized the Lady as the Virgin Mary.

At the time, December 9 was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Spanish Empire. 

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