Today in Latin American History
U.S. Troops Defeated the Mexicans at the Battle of Cerro Gordo in 1848
Photo: "The Battle of Cerro Gordo" by Carl Nebel
Today in Latin American history, American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opened the way for invasion of Mexico in 1848.
The Mexicans lost 1,000 killed and wounded with an additional 3,000 men taken prisoner. United States casualties comprised 64 killed and 353 wounded.
General Santa Anna, caught off guard by the Fourth Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Infantry, was compelled to ride off without his artificial leg, which was captured and is still on display at the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield, Illinois.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Quetzaltenango, the second largest city of Guatemala, was destroyed by an earthquake in 1902
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican inventor and engineer Guillermo González Camarena who introduced color TV to Mexico died in 1965
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan baseball player Miguel Cabrera who plays for the Detroit Tigers was born in 1983
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan baseball player Henderson Alvarez who plays for the Miami Marlins was born in 1990