Wednesday October 24, 2012
Miguel Hidalgo was a Mexican priest and a leader of the Mexican War of Independence.
When Hidalgo got to the church he was surprised by the poverty so he tried to show the poor how to grow grapes and olives. But this was banned he then gathered an army of 90,000 poor farmers and Mexican civilians in his rebellion against the spanish. Unfortunately his men lacked trained and were poorly aimed. They reached a Spanish army of 6,000 men who were well trained and most of Hidalgo’s army fled or were killed.
Miguel Hidalgo wanted independence from spain because “new spain” wasn’t developing. He rebelled and tried to show the poor how to farm because they were dying from starvation. Lost of money, he had been replaced as rector, and he was very upset at the mistreatment of the Indians.
He gave the famous speech, “the cry of dolores.” Declared independence.
In Bajio, Mexico or what was called New Spain back then.
It began September 16, 1810 and ended March 21, 1811