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Mexican Independence Day - 16 of September

Independence Day is celebrated in Mexico on 16th September. It commemorates the day, on 16th September 1810 in the small town of Dolores, in the province of Guanajuato in Mexico, when a handful of people were summoned by a parish priest to take up arms against the Spanish colonial government - the Viceroyalty of New Spain. Thus began the fight for independence that ended 350 years of Spanish rule. 

To this day, the church bell that was used to call people to revolt hangs in the National Palace in Mexico City and is rung on the eve of 16th September each year by the President of Mexico.

169 years ago U.S. went to war with MX

By Richard Poynton
Mexico News Daily | Saturday, May 16, 2015

It cost Mexico about one-third of its national territory
For years the subject of the United States-Mexico War of 1846-47 was taboo in the Mexican school curriculum. Why? The war was a humiliation for Mexico and nobody wanted to talk about it.

When the peace treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2, 1847, only a year after U.S. forces had invaded, Mexico lost about one-third of its territory, including nearly all of present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, and parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Wyoming.

Remember the Alamo? Texas independence from Mexico had already been declared 10 years earlier on March 2, 1836, act that Mexico considered belligerent. This event only exacerbated the bad feelings between the two countries, leading to the conflict in 1846-47.