Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

Mexican Roman Catholic priest and a leader of the Mexican War of Independence

Date of Birth: 08-May-1753

Place of Birth: Corralejo de Hidalgo, Guanajuato, Mexico

Date of Death: 30-Jul-1811

Profession: military personnel, politician, Catholic priest

Nationality: Spain

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

  • Don Miguel Gregorio Antonio Francisco Ignacio Hidalgo-Costilla y Gallaga Mandarte Villaseñor (8 May 1753 – 30 July 1811), more commonly known as Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla or Miguel Hidalgo (Spanish pronunciation: [mi'?el i'Ă°al?o]), was a Mexican Roman 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.
  • After his arrival, he was shocked by the rich soil he had found.
  • He tried to help the poor by showing them how to grow olives and grapes, but in New Spain (modern 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, "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 an army of 6,000 well-trained and armed Spanish troops; most of Hidalgo's troops fled or were killed at the Battle of CalderĂłn Bridge.
  • After the battle, Hidalgo and his remaining troops fled north, but Hidalgo was betrayed, captured and executed.

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