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In the tiny town of Dolores, deep in the heart of Mexico, a Catholic priest triggered the fight for independence from Spain on September 16, 1810. Father Miguel Hidalgo, calling his parishioners to the steps of his church early in the morning, urged the gathered crowd to rise up against the European governors to form a new nation. The “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”) would go on to be known as the Grito de la Independencia (“Cry of Independence”) as the war began in the days that followed.
Nestled 60 miles east of modern Leon, Dolores was little more than a church with a few surrounding homes. Within its boundaries, however, resentment of the Spanish government simmered under the surface, leading many criollos — people of European descent born in Mexico — to discuss the possibility of rising up to claim the rights they had been denied. Though higher on the social scale than many other groups in the area, criollos were treated as second-class citizens by Spanish settlers and the administrators overseeing the territories. …(Read more)