Monday, February 3, 2014

Los Ninos Heroes - Mazatlan Mexico

Most tourists think of only beach and sun when they come to Mazatlan. But it is so much more.

I find the street signs to be charming and the names sometimes intrigue me, such as this one in the heart of the Centro Historico of Mazatlan.

Calle Niños Heroes, Centro, Mazatlán, SIN

The Niños Héroes also known as the Heroic Cadets or Boy Soldiers, were six Mexican teenage military cadets. These cadets died defending Mexico at Mexico City's Chapultepec Castle (then serving as the Mexican Army's military academy) from invading U.S. forces in the 13 September 1847 Battle of Chapultepec, during the Mexican–American War. One of the cadets, Juan Escutia, wrapped himself with the Mexican flag and jumped from the roof of the castle to keep it from falling into enemy hands. The Niños Héroes are commemorated by a national holiday on September 13.

The Niños Héroes were:
Juan de la Barrera (age 19)
Juan Escutia (age 15–19) (?)
Francisco Márquez (age 13)
File:Francisco Marquez.jpg
Agustín Melgar (age 15–19) (?)
Fernando Montes de Oca (age 15–19) (?)
Vicente Suárez (age 14)

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