Posted by:bajadock, 6:50 PM GMT on September 15, 2012
Editor’s note: this really is my frig. I’m ready for El Grito. Most in USA up their beer intake during Cinco de Mayo, but, are clueless about Mexican Independence Day. Hernán Cortés is my favorite character of Mexican history, because he’s the conqueror that discovered the Island of Baja. Those with good eyes may notice the red, white and blue cans, middle shelf, rear. ¡SALUDOS!
El Grito every 16th of September is the Mexican Fiesta par excellence! On this day Mexicans all over the world celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule.
As you know, indigenous peoples were the first to inhabit what is now known as Mexico. They created great civilizations such as the Olmec, the Teotihuacan, Maya, Toltec, and of course the most powerful of all, the Aztec Empire.
After Christopher Columbus “discovered” America, the Spaniards carried out expeditions to find gold and riches from these faraway lands. In 1521, about 500 Spanish soldiers arrived in Mexico, headed by an ambitious man: Hernán Cortés. At this time, the Aztecs had built a great empire that ruled over all Mesoamérica. So the Spaniards decided to direct their attacks towards them.
The indigenous nations that were under the Aztec rule were tired of the physical and economic hardships imposed upon them by this empire. This circumstance made them think that by helping the Conquerors defeat the Aztecs, they would be better off. So they decided to aid the Spaniards.