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Los Niños Héroes de Chapultepec

The conmemoration of the Day of "Los Ninos Heroes de Chapultepec", September 13. The Child Heroes who jumped to their death instead of surrendering to the invading American Calvary in Mexico City.
Los Niños Héroes de Chapultepec

September 13 will be the Day of the Commemoration of
"Los Niños Héroes de Chapultepec".
As the story goes, back during the American War against Mexico, 1946-48, the American Calvary had shot its way from the port of Veracruz, all the way to Mexico City.
But while shooting its way into Chapultepec Park, where the Chapultepec Castle stands, now a history Museum, the child heroes, "Los Niños Héroes" who were young cadets, the Castle served as a military school, climbed to the highest tower, and jumped to their death.
Juan Escútia wrapped himself in the Mexican flag, being the last to jump, instead of giving up to the murderous enemy. There were a half dozen child heroes.
Though the Americans did not leave the capital until the Mexicans were arm twisted into coughing up half their land, and though the US rounded off the map, in Henry David Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience", he even quoted Lincoln in reference to the war against mexico as a "senseless conflict." Only a meager $15 millon was paid to Mexico.
One should recall that great portions of this land was indigenous territory, needless to say.
The treaty of "Guadalupe Hidalgo" attempted to explain what were to be the rights of Mexicans living in the southwest, having been annexed by the imperialist power to the North in one of, if not the biggest land grab in the histroy of the world.
The lesson in this story is good for the immigrant child from Mexico to make them feel welcomed, after all isn't this a classic case of "the chickens coming home to roost". It can also make the anti-immigrant biggots perhaps think twice, and recall they were the real once "illegal" pilgrims, to throw the pie back into their face, to the virgin indigenous land of North America.
 
 

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