Wednesday May 29, 2013
I am now in Dolores Hidalgo. The town is known as the "Cradle of Independence". Its most famous citizen is Miguel Hidalgo, he was a Mexican priest and a leader of the Mexican War of Independence. As a priest, Miguel Hidalgo served in the church in Dolores, Mexico. After his arrival, he was shocked by the poverty he found. He tried to help the poor by showing them how to grow olives and grapes, but in Mexico it was discouraging to grow those crops because of Spanish imports of the items. In 1810 he gave the famous speech, "The 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.
The church and the mission facing the "Jardin Independencia".
This is a replica of the bell Father Hidalgo rang that symbolized the beginning of the War of Independence.....the original bell is in Mexico City.
Statue of Miguel Hidalgo in the Jardin Independencia.
These are photos of the inside of the church. This is the most beautiful church I have seen as yet.
Never let it be said that the Mexican people do not like their ice cream. These are shots of the ice cream venders around the plaza. This does not include the ice cream shops that face the plaza.