By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (September 16, 2021) – In Issue 2021-179 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about this day in Mexican history.


The Mexican War of Independence began on September 16, 1810, leading to the mainland of the area known as New Spain being reorganized as the Mexican Empire 11 years later.

Priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is considered the Father of Mexican Independence.  He led the uprising on September 10, which is considered the spark to the war for independence, despite his lack of organization to form a disciplined fighting unit.

Hidalgo rang his church bell as a call to arms and that same bell is rung annually as a part of the country’s national celebration.

Parades, street parties, traditional dancing, and public squares festooned with flowers, banners and flags of red, white, and green are all part of the festivities for this 2-day celebration in Mexico.

Here is Mexico’s map by Teesdale from 1831.

Mexico’s map -1831 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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