Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

Don Miguel Gregorio Antonio Ignacio Hidalgo-Costilla y Gallaga Mandarte Villaseñor (8 May 1753  – 30 July 1811), more commonly known as Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla or simply Miguel Hidalgo, was a Mexican Catholic priest and a leader of the Mexican War of Independence.

He was a professor at the Colegio de San Nicolás Obispo in Valladolid and was ousted in 1792. He served in a church in Colima and then in Dolores, Guanajuato. After his arrival, he was shocked by the poverty he found. He tried to help the poor by showing them how to grow olives and grapes, but in Mexico, growing these crops was discouraged or prohibited by the authorities due to Spanish imports of the items. In 1810 he gave the famous speech, "The Cry of Dolores", calling upon the people to protect the interest of their King Fernando VII (held captive by Napoleon) by revolting against the European-born Spaniards who had overthrown the Spanish Viceroy.

He marched across Mexico and gathered an army of nearly 90,000 poor farmers and Mexican civilians who attacked and killed both Spanish Peninsulares and Criollo elites, even though Hidalgo's troops lacked training and were poorly armed. These troops ran into a clan of 6,000 well-trained and armed Spanish troops; most fled or were killed at the Battle of Calderón Bridge on 17 January 1811. Hidalgo was executed by a firing squad on 30 July 1811 at Chihuahua, Chihuahua.

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The Daily Mail 29 Sep 2022
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Looking for a Revolution

Manila Bulletin 28 Sep 2022
... Whenever I insisted that we did have a revolution, they clarified that what we had was a “revolución anti-colonial.” They had that too, much earlier than we did; in fact, it began with a priest, Miguel Hidalgo, who used the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as his battle standard....

Mexico’s independence cradle ready to party again after pandemic hiatus

La Prensa Latina 16 Sep 2022
Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico, Sep 15 (EFE).- The party is back after a two-year pandemic-triggered hiatus in this central town, where Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo triggered Mexico’s War of Independence 212 years ago with his legendary call to arms ... Dolores Hidalgo, which ......

TCP to hold auditions for 'The Quest for Don Quixote'

Tahlequah Daily Press 16 Sep 2022
Tahlequah Community Playhouse will hold auditions for "The Quest for Don Quixote" play written by Mark Brown and directed by Juliet Colyer. The auditions will be held Monday, Sept. 19, and Tuesday, Sept ... at St ... The play was inspired by the novel, "The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of La Mancha" by Miguel de Cervantes ... ....

Mexican Independence Day celebrated in Moreno Valley

The Press Enterprise 16 Sep 2022
The colorful skirts of the folklórico dancers swayed in the air Thursday, Sept. 15, as they danced in Moreno Valley to celebrate Mexico’s independence ... 15, 2022 ... 15, 2022 ... 15, 2022 ... Show Caption. of ... 16, 1810, when Roman Catholic Priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla armed the people to fight against the Spaniards who had ruled the land for 300 years ... ....

Mexican Independence Day is here: How September 16 signifies a 'moment of hope' for Mexico

The Arizona Republic 15 Sep 2022
Over 300 years ago, Miguel Hidalgo declared Mexico's independence from Spain. But the story is far different from the United States ... ....

5 things to do: From a 'Silent Sky' to fests for culture and apples

South Bend Tribune 15 Sep 2022
Or explore how women helped us to see the heavens. Groove to gospel in a garden ... Sept ... Sept ... The "Patriotic Fiestas" will start at noon and run until 11 p.m., when Mayor James Mueller will help to do “El Grito,” or the shouted ceremonial "cry” that recalls Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla's cry in 1810 that started the Mexican war against Spanish rule....

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