As we all know this past September, a man named Miguel Hidalgo rang the church bell in Dolores to announce a revolution against the Spanish government! He spoke about things such as racial equality and land redistribution. But mainly he was protecting King Ferdinand VII who was being held captive by French emperor Napolean I. This event was deemed the "Grito de Dolores" (Cry of Dolores).
Soon after that event Miguel started a movement in San Miguel for independence. It escalated into a war against the upper class. He had gathered many followers together and marched from Dolores and captured the city of Guanajuato!
Though once he reached the gates of the capitol, he had hesitated too long, and his followers lost interest. But if he were successful, he could have most likely been the face of Mexican leadership and a symbol of freedom. Because of this loss of support, Hidalgo was defeated at the Calderón Bridge, in Guadalajara this past January. As we now well know, Hidalgo was caught escaping to the Americas, stripped of his social standing and was executed by firing squad, but because of this outbreak could this trigger possible future revolts? Though he has now left us, his name will be remembered for centuries to come in the Spanish culture. Maybe we can remember this day as "Miguel Hidalgo Remberence Day"?