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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Mexican president asks Pope Francis for conquest apology

Beaumont Enterprise 11 Oct 2020
López Obrador asked the pope to make a statement in favor of Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico's 19th-century independence leader who was once believed to have been excommunicated by the church for his involvement in the uprising. However, researchers later said it appeared that Hidalgo had ......
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Mexican president asks Pope Francis for conquest apology, loan of codices

Taipei Times 11 Oct 2020
Lopez Obrador asked the pope to make a statement in favor of Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico’s 19th-century independence leader who was once believed to have been excommunicated by the church for his involvement in the uprising ... However, researchers later said it appeared that Hidalgo had ......
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Mexico’s president asks Pope Francis for conquest apology

The Los Angeles Times 11 Oct 2020
López Obrador asked the pope to make a statement in favor of Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico’s 19th century independence leader who was once believed to have been excommunicated by the church for his involvement in the uprising ... “I think it would be an act of humility and at the same time greatness” for the church to reconcile posthumously with Hidalgo....
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NM reports large spike in COVID-19 cases

Rio Rancho Observer 08 Oct 2020
... County, 10 in San Juan County, eight in McKinley County, seven in Luna County, six in Socorro County, four in Otero County, three in Valencia County, two each in San Miguel, Grant and Rio Arriba counties, and one each in Cibola, Colfax, Hidalgo, Taos, Torrance and Union counties....
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Daily COVID count remains high, with 298 new cases

Rio Rancho Observer 04 Oct 2020
... in Roosevelt County; eight each in Sandoval and Valencia counties; six in Luna County; four each in San Juan and Otero counties; two each in McKinley and Socorro counties; one each in Sierra, San Miguel, Rio Arriba, Quay, Los Alamos, Lincoln, Hidalgo, Grant and Cibola counties....
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Daily COVID counts remain high with 298 new cases

Rio Rancho Observer 03 Oct 2020
... and Valencia counties, six in Luna County, four each in San Juan and Otero counties, two each in McKinley and Socorro counties, one each in Sierra, San Miguel, Rio Arriba, Quay, Los Alamos, Lincoln, Hidalgo, Grant and Cibola counties....
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George Bush Jr. will visit Uvalde Wednesday morning

Uvalde Leader News 20 Sep 2020
10 years ago ... 16, 2010 ... History lessons taught – It’s been 200 years since Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a village priest, stood on the steps of the church in the town of Dolores Hidalgo Sept. 16 and read the “Grito de Dolores Hidalgo,” the cry that set off the Mexican Revolution that eventually ended with Mexico winning its freedom from Spain ... 16....
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AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

The Roanoke Times 18 Sep 2020
... Day, with the new coronavirus pandemic, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will look out over an empty plaza as he gives the traditional "Grito de Dolores," which commemorates the 1810 call to arms by priest Miguel Hidalgo that began the struggle for independence from Spain....
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Mexican Independence Day Celebrated By Drivers In Chicago

CBS Sports 17 Sep 2020
It was a priest, Miguel Hidalgo,who led Mexicans to demand independence from Spain.  .   ....
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Mexico’s Independence Day celebrations muted by pandemic

Detroit news 17 Sep 2020
Mexico City – Mexico’s Sept ... The ceremony was dominated by the awarding of “Miguel Hidalgo” medals, the country’s highest civilian honor, to 58 doctors, nurses and health personnel involved in the treating COVID-19 patients ... 16, 2020. (Photo. Marco Ugarte, AP) ... “People behaved very well, very properly,” Cardenas said ... .......
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Mexico's Independence Day celebrations muted by pandemic

The Washington Times 16 Sep 2020
The ceremony was dominated by the awarding of “Miguel Hidalgo......
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Mexico honors a defiant woman on independence day

Taipei Times 16 Sep 2020
As Mexico marked its independence day yesterday, the anniversary of revolutionary leader Miguel Hidalgo’s 1810 call for freedom from Spanish colonizers, some academics and advocates said Mexico has yet to fully embrace Vicario and her forward-thinking positions on equality....
photo: AP / Rebecca Blackwell
An image of Leona Vicario, to be illuminated after dark, hangs in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral ahead of the annual shout of independence, in the Zocalo, Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.
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Mexico honors a defiant woman on independence anniversary

Federal News Radio 16 Sep 2020
As Mexico marks its independence holiday on Wednesday, the anniversary of revolutionary leader Miguel Hidalgo’s 1810 call for freedom from Spanish colonizers, some academics and activists think Mexico has yet to fully embrace Vicario and her forward-thinking positions on equality....
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