Historic Mexico

I have added another few destinations in Mexico to my visited list this weekend, including a couple of places of significance. In particular the birthplace of independent Mexico, in Huichapan, a small town in the state of Queretaro. Every year on September 15th, on the eve of Independence Day, the Mexican President rings the original bell rung by Hidalgo in Dolores, now situated at the Nationsl Palace in Mexico City, as is a ritual to symbolise the original call which started the War of Independence.

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The story usually centres around Dolores in the State of Guanajuato, where Hidalgo made his famous cry. Much of the planning had been made in Queretaro however, and the rebellion was due to start on October 1st. The authorities caught wind of the plot though, and made moves to apprehend the conspirators. One Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, one of the conspirators, caught wind of the betrayal, and sent a message, I believe from the very window in the photo above…

I also visited a little town called Tequisquiapan, where there is a plaque declaring that spot to be the exact geographical centre of the country.

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