Today marks the bicentennial of Mexican independence.
It was on this day two hundred years ago, September 16, 1810, that a parish priest by the name of Miguel Hidalgo gave a speech in the town of Dolores rallying his congregants to take up arms and fight against harsh Spanish rule. This speech became known as the “Cry of Dolores” and it is credited with sparking the drive towards Mexican independence.
Let’s give three cheers for the idea of one man speaking out against tryanny.
Let’s give three cheers for a man standing up for what he believes in.
Let’s also remember that six months after the cry, Hidalgo was captured, executed by a firing squad, decapitated, ans his head served as a warning to others for ten years as it hung outside the Alhondiga de Granaditas in Guanajuato.