DEAD: Vicente Guerrero

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Vicente Guerrero (aged 48)

Leading revolutionary generals of the Mexican War of Independence and President of Mexico

Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña (Spanish: [biˈsente raˈmoŋ ɡeˈreɾo salˈdaɲa]; August 10, 1782 – February 14, 1831) was one of the leading revolutionary generals of the Mexican War of Independence. He fought against Spain for independence in the early 19th century, and later served as President of Mexico, coming to power in a coup. He was of Afro-Mestizo descent,championed the cause of Mexico’s common people, and abolished slavery during his brief term as president. His execution in 1831 by the conservative government that ousted him in 1829 was a shock to the nation.

DEATH: Many Mexicans saw Guerrero as the “martyr of Cuilapam” and his execution was deemed by the liberal newspaper El Federalista Mexicano “judicial murder”. The two conservative cabinet members considered most culpable for Guerrero’s execution, Lucas Alamán and Secretary of War José Antonio Facio, “spent the rest of their lives defending themselves from the charge that they were responsible for the ultimate betrayal in the history of the first republic, that is, that they had arranged not just for the service of Picaluga’s ship but specifically for his capture of Guerrero.”

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