Ignacio Allende, the One Who Was Born Here and is Known Across the Country
By Jesús Aguado
San Miguel’s favorite son, Ignacio Allende, in addition to giving a homeland to Mexicans also gave his name to this noble and loyal city, San Miguel de Allende, since “here he was born and everywhere he is known”.
This statement, written in Latin, is located above the door at his birthplace. In his honor, the city became San Miguel de Allende, and statues to honor the hero can be found at the entrances and exits of the city and in several other prominent locations like the equestrian statue where the 204 year anniversary of his death was celebrated.
Ignacio Allende y Unzaga was born in the village of San Miguel el Grande on January 21, 1769, and died on Jun 26, 1811, after being executed for his participation in the war of independence. It was Allende who invited the priest Miguel Hidalgo to participate in the war. The meetings for conspiring against the Spanish government were held at the house situated on the corner of Plaza Principal and Reloj. With Miguel Hidalgo, Allende formed the first independent City Council in Mexico, on September 16, 1810, when their forces took the village of San Miguel el Grande. After Ignacio Allende was executed, his head was hung in a cage at one of the corners of the Alhondiga de Granaditas (granary) in Guanajuato, to show the insurgents what could happen to them if they continue with the war. Allende led fellow creoles to the first action that would lead to later freedom from Spain for Mexico. Here are some of the statues in his honor.