September 16, 2010 will mark 200 years when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla,
a priest in the town of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, demanded for the independence of Mexico from Spain. What followed was a difficult struggle filled with battle and bloodshed in an attempt to remove Spanish control of the land. This effort for independence lasted until September 27, 1821, over a decade of fighting, when Spain officially recognized the Mexican empire as its own country. For more information about Mexican Independence, please visit your Jacinto City Library.