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The Beginning of the Mexican Independence Fight Surprised Even Its Conspirators


By Skip Essick

For three years, beginning in 1808, a group of conspirators had been planning the overthrow of 300 years of Spanish rule and oppression in México. Under the guise of social events, their secret meetings took place at a home that borders the north end of the Jardín.

Among the conspirators were Ignacio Allende and Juan and Ignacio Aldama. Also in on the plot were the wife of the governor of Querétaro and the somewhat rebellious Catholic priest from the nearby town of Dolores, Father Manuel Hidalgo.

The conspirators were planning a December 1810 uprising, but their plan was leaked to the Spanish authorities. And so, being exposed, our conspirators decided on plan B, and the revolution began September 16, 1810.

Of course, to hear the whole story, you’ll need to be at the Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende on Tuesday, September 10, as México prepares for its 209th Birthday.

Our guest speaker is a local expert, Dali Amaro. Amaro is a certified tour guide specializing in historical tours of San Miguel with both Discovery Tours and the tours operated by Patronato Pro Niños. His presentation will center on the role San Miguel—then known as San Miguel El Grande—played in the Independence movement. You’ll learn about the cast of characters that we memorialize today as the country’s heroes, the circumstances that touched off México’s rebellion, and why San Miguel is considered the cradle of independence.

Don’t miss this intriguing journey into our city’s historical past as we prepare to celebrate the Mexican independence holiday. Join the Midday Club of San Miguel de Allende and our guest speaker, Dali Amaro, on Tuesday, September 10, at Los Arcos, on Stirling Dickinson next to the yellow caboose. Doors open at 9am, and the meeting is called to order at 9:30am.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Gary Peterson at


Rotary Presentation

Mexican Independence Day

Tue, Sep 10, 9:30am

Los Arcos

Stirling Dickinson 27



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