Mexico celebrated its 210th anniversary of independence
This Wednesday, Mexico celebrated its 210th anniversary of the beginning of the War of Independence with a reduced military parade (in time and dimension) and without an audience, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic that claims almost 72 thousand lives in the North American country.
This year, 666 members of the Secretariat of National Defense and the Navy and 15 civilians from public and private institutions, as well as 82 vehicles, 54 aircraft, and 66 horses participated with their medical masks. Last year 13,111 elements did so, 416 vehicles were deployed and 74 aircraft flew over Mexico City's airspace.
Likewise, this celebration was the first year in decades in which Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador did not attend the parade from the Central Balcony of the National Palace, but rather a pavilion was built in front of the seat of the Executive.
The parade included special events to honor the medical personnel who have been at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 and who continue to fight the disease.
One of these events was the overflight of a score of planes that tinted the capital's sky white in recognition of the health professionals, the Federal Government, and the citizenry for their efforts to address the pandemic. The three Boeing 737800 aircraft that repatriated the more than one thousand Mexicans from different countries in the midst of the global health emergency also flew over the city.
There were also parades of medical and military personnel representing the hospitals that took in the sick.
But one of the main events was the presentation of the Miguel Hidalgo Decoration, the highest recognition given to Mexican nationals, to 58 doctors and nursing staff from different hospitals and care centers for their work in the midst of the health emergency. Afterwards, federal authorities and the Armed Forces observed a minute of silence for the victims of the Wuhan virus.
The principal causes of Mexico's Independence
In order for Mexico to become an emancipated nation, it had to go through a long and violent process. The country's independence was the result of many struggles that lasted for 11 years, from 1810 to 1821.
The causes that led the protagonists of these independence struggles were diverse and we will tell you the most important, and some of the consequences left by this historic moment, which marked the life of our nation.
The Independence of Mexico was a prolonged conflict, which originated in the inequality that existed between the social classes that made up the nation at that time, the inclusion of a so-called caste system as a type of hierarchical order in the country, the establishment of Bourbon reforms, patriotism and, although it seems that there is no connection whatsoever with the next event, the independence of the United States.
The criollos (children of Spaniards born in American territory) were discriminated by a classification of the race that prevailed at the time, by their economic or social position in addition to being viewed with contempt by those who were Europeans. In this sense, also influenced the abuse and exploitation of the indigenous people of the area to be their slaves.
The criollos were looking for independence that would allow them to exercise some kind of power in politics, together with autonomy in an economic sense that would allow them to carry out their work freely. They no longer wanted the gradual loss of their characteristics or culture.
Domination of the caste system
In the territory known as the New Spain, the caste system existed a constant confrontation between the inhabitants that conformed it, Spaniards, Creoles, and mestizos. The caste system, which was established with the purpose of allowing to see fulfilled the revolutionary desires, besides the social change that so much was aspired, in practice only worked to have the peasant people and the Indians subjugated.
The instauration of Bourbon reforms
They arrived as a search by the Spanish government to improve its economy in the Iberian territory, as in the colonies it had conquered. And moved also, because New Spain wasted and wasted its resources in the export of minerals to Europe. This prompted him to impose reforms that really only impoverished more and more the lives of the inhabitants and that of various local elites and, of course, this brought discontent within the nation.
The members of the upper classes in New Spain allowed themselves to be influenced and gladly accepted the nationalist education imparted by the French Revolution. It was an ideology that made more sense for these ´citizens of élite´ who lived with a constant difference of ideas. This led to the point at which some exalted or acclaimed the viceroyalty somewhat more than their fidelity to the territory of the nation. All the patriotism that developed in New Spain was a key aspect of programming and thinking about the idea of being independent.
Independence of the United States of America
This is one of the causes that seem to have no connection with our independence, but being immediate neighbors of the territory of New Spain, were a kind of example for the inhabitants, who saw how the neighboring colonies achieved their emancipation and independence despite the conflicts that implied, but in turn, nurtured their hopes for a better future and the victory in independence that Mexicans so longed for, the United States was their model to follow from that moment.
How the struggle for Mexico's Independence was fought
In the days of Mexican Independence, it is worthwhile to review the history books and commemorate the Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated every September 16. This is how the struggle for independence took place step by step, starting on September 16, 1810, and ending on September 28, 1821.
Context of New Spain in 1808
First, we have to go back to 1808. Although there are still two years to go before the fight that would begin with the Cry of Sorrows, we must understand the context.
In that year the North American and French revolutions began to be known. The colonies came up with the idea of liberal states, which implied a rejection of monarchies and the search for sovereignty over peoples.
The population of New Spain made up mostly of indigenous people (60 percent) and castes (22 percent), was beginning to feel discontent towards the crown.
Furthermore, in May of that year, King Ferdinand VII of Spain abdicated the crown in favor of Charles IV, who in turn resigned in favor of Napoleon.
This generated general discontent and a series of uprisings. There was even an attempted coup d'état by merchants after this announcement. This began to germinate the idea of conspiracies.
In the house of Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, literary gatherings were held, attended by Miguel Allende and Juan Aldama, as well as some priests such as Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. There they planned a conspiracy for December, during the fair of San Juan de los Lagos.
September 13: Ignacio Garrido denounces the conspiracy plan in Querétaro.
September 14: Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez warns that they were discovered.
September 15: That night, Ignacio Allende intercepts the arrest warrant and goes to Dolores, where Miguel Hidalgo decides to take up arms.
September 16: The priest Miguel Hidalgo summons a mass at dawn since it was Sunday. Instead of offering Sunday service, he invites people to join him in the fight against bad government. It was there that the struggle for independence began to take shape.
September 21: Hidalgo is named Major General; Allende, Lieutenant General; and Juan Aldama, Marshal.
September 23: Viceroy Venegas arms army against Hidalgo's movement. It is called a royalist army.
October: The insurgent movement had already taken Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Valladolid, and Guadalajara. It seemed that they could triumph.
January to March: Confrontations between the Spanish army and the insurgent movement. The latter are defeated in several clashes, so the leaders flee to the north. For his part, José María Morelos continues to fight in the south.
March 21: Miguel Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende are captured by Ignacio Elizondo in the Norias. They go on to an ecclesiastical trial.
May 26th: Vicente Guerrero joins the fight. Spoiler: will be one of the few who survive to the end of this story.
June 26: Ignacio Allende, Ignacio Aldama, among others, are shot in Chihuahua.
July 30th: Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is shot and decapitated in Chihuahua.
October 14: The heads of Hidalgo, Allende, and Adama are shown in Guanajuato for the remaining insurgents to surrender. It didn't work for them.
In the absence of a legitimate king, the Spanish Cortes promulgated a Constitution establishing a Spanish constitutional monarchy.
It was about maintaining order and helping to make counterrevolution; however, citizens did not get the autonomy they wanted.
For his part, José María Morelos continued his struggle in the south, in which he was doing more or less well.
The insurgents continued to fight despite having a little army and few resources. With the help of Guadalupe Victoria and Vicente Guerrero, they seized Chilpancingo, Tixtla, Chilapa, Taxco, Cuatla, among others.
September 14: José María Morelos y Pavón establishes a congress to exercise sovereignty. There he read "Sentimientos a la Nación" (Feelings of the Nation), where he declares a free America and is named Servant of the Nation.
October 22nd: The constitution written by Congress is promulgated.
February 18: The Supreme Congress removes Morelos from power and is forced to continue his struggle separately.
May 5: Fernando VII returns to the crown, dissolves the Cortes and annuls the Constitution of 1812 which sought a constitutional monarchy.
July 14: Morelos writes to U.S. President James Madison to recognize the independence of New Spain.
September 1: But he rather forbids purchases to aid the insurgent movement in New Spain.
November 5: Morelos is taken prisoner and faces trial.
December 22: Morelos is shot in San Cristóbal Ecatepec.
January - October: The insurgent movement continues, albeit weakened. It obtains no victory but resists.
November 16: Vicente Guerrero defeats the royalist army on Piaxtla hill.
January - July: The insurgent movement rises with the support of General Francisco Xavier Mina and Servando Teresa de Mier.
August 14: Teresa de Mier is captured.
October 27: Mina is captured and taken prisoner.
November 11: Mina is shot in Cerro Bellaco.
January to December: Remember that Guadalupe Victoria is still alive. The struggle for independence continues in the southeast of the still New Spain.
November 5: Vicente Guerrero is defeated in Agua Zarca. Fortunately, he is not captured.
December: Vicente Guerrero continues his fight. He continues his insurgent battle in the south.
March 8: Faced with the continuation of the war and Spain's economic crisis, King Ferdinand VII swears the 1812 Constitution he had annulled.
June 18: Parish elections are held in New Constitutional Spain.
October: The commander Agutín de Iturbide, who had fought from his beginnings against the insurgent movement, makes a turn of the screw and begins a plan to seek the independence of New Spain.
November 16: Iturbide goes out to fight against Vicente Guerrero, who is an obstacle.
January 10: Iturbide writes to Vicente Guerrero inviting him to surrender and offer him a pardon, as both seek independence.
January 20: Guerrero says no, but shows interest in achieving independence together.
10 February: Iturbide and Guerrero meet in Acatempan and make peace. It is known as the Abrazo de Acatempan.
February 24: Plan de Iguala is signed to declare New Spain an independent country.
With the passing of the months, several regions adhere to the Plan of Iguala and Iturbide creates the Army Trigarante to achieve independence. Everything looks good. Spain and its viceroyalty in America are in crisis and do not have the resources or the forces to continue the struggle.
September 21: The Army of the Trigger leaves for Mexico City.
September 23: Realist forces flee to Veracruz.
September 27: Trigarante Army enters Mexico City! Mexican independence consummated!