Resolution J2269-2013

Commemorating the 203rd Anniversary of the Mexican Declaration of Independence from Spain



  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 7, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating the 203rd Anniversary of the Mexi-
can Declaration of Independence from Spain on September 16, 2013

WHEREAS,  Highly  developed  cultures,  including  the  Olmecs,  Mayans,
Toltecs,  and Aztecs, existed long before the Spanish conquest of Mexico
by Hernan Cortes in 1521; and
  WHEREAS, Father Miguel Hidalgo declared the Mexican independence  from
Spain September 16th, 1810, in the city of Dolores, in the central state
of Guanajuato; and
  WHEREAS,  Father  Hidalgo's  famous  proclamation, "End to bad govern-
ment!", popularly known as the "Grito de Dolores" (the cry of  Dolores),
was the beginning of a decade-long war of independence; and
  WHEREAS, On December 6, 1810, Hidalgo decreed the abolishment of slav-
ery in the city of Guadalajara, for the first time in the Americas; and
  WHEREAS, In 1811, Hidalgo and his followers were captured and executed
in  the  state  of  Chihuahua;  Hidalgo's leadership was then assumed by
Father Jose Maria Morelos; and
  WHEREAS, In 1813, the Congress of Chilpancingo, convened  by  Morelos,
signed  the  "Solemn  Act of the Declaration of Independence of Northern
America"; Father Morelos was subsequently captured and executed  by  the
Spanish Crown; and
  WHEREAS, In 1820, with the insurgency about to collapse, Spain sent an
army  led  by  General Agustin de Iturbide, who instead of quenching the
revolts, joined its forces; and
  WHEREAS, In 1821, the formerly Spanish General Agustin de Iturbide and
representatives of the Spanish Crown,  signed  the  Treaty  of  Cordoba,
recognizing Mexican Independence from Spain; and
  WHEREAS,  After  a  short period of a monarchic government, in 1824, a
republican constitution was drafted and Mexico would then be led by  its
first President, Guadalupe Victoria; and
  WHEREAS,  Mexico's  war for independence was one of the longest in all
of the Americas; and
  WHEREAS, Many Mexicans have made New York their home, and this  Legis-
lative  Body  is  justly  proud  to  thank  the Mexican people for their
contributions to this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  203rd  Anniversary of the Mexican Declaration of Inde-
pendence from Spain on September 16, 2013; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Ambassador Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, Consul General of Mexi-
co in New York, and the various Mexican civic organizations in the State
of New York.


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