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Pípila, the legend of a brave Mexican hero

We turned extremely Mexican. So we took the task of investigating a little more about one of our best known legends in the country: the Pípila from Guanajuato.

pípila, mexican heroe

The legend tells the story of Juan José de los Reyes Martínez, better known as Pípila. He was a very humble miner who lived in San Miguel de Allende.

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Pípila, a brave Mexican

When the first independence riots began in our country, Juan José decided to join the crusade in favor of the autonomy of his homeland.

After a long search for men who would join the cause, Hidalgo managed to reclute 6 thousand brave men who were ready to fight. Later on, everyone was prepared to begin the battle.

Pípila from Guanajuato

Without resistance, the army took San Miguel el Grande, Celaya and Salamanca. In the latter, Hidalgo was proclaimed Capitan of the American Armies and Allende was appointed General Lieutenant.

So, the night of September 28 of 1810 turned violent with the overtake of the Alhóndiga de Granaditas. Because all the attacks against it turned out useless for the army.

After all that happened, Hidalgo and Allende concluded that the only way to overtake the Alhondiga was to burn down the main door. For this action, Pípila asked Hidalgo for his permission to do it. Minutes later, the Captain agreed.

Pípila, brave mexican heroe

Pípila didn’t hesitate for a second. And started burning the the threshold with a big slab of quarry on his back to cover himself from gunshots.

Crawling towards the entrance with a torch in his hand and an oil canister in the other, the Pípila burnt the entrance of the Alhóndiga.

Thanks to his brave action, Hidalgo’s army came out triumphant.


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