Carnaval Schedule of Events in Mahahual Costa Maya 2018

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Here we go guys as promised! For those gringos without the lingo I will translate for you here so you know what is going on!

Friday February 16 starting at 7:00pm in the Dome!

Kings and Queens of Carnaval 2018 Mahahual

7:00pm – Welcome and Presentation of Hosts

7:05pm – Inauguration by the Municipal President of Othon P. Blanco, Ing Luis Torres Llanes

Coronation Ceremony, Queen of Inclusion, Queen of Pro-Diversity, Emperors and Kings of Carnaval

7:30pm – Carnaval Antics

9:00pm – Presentation of Troupes

10:00pm – (Musical Acts) Los Huiros de Cozumel, Nohoch Purux y Pompi, and the best DJ in the Mexican Caribbean, Disco Macs

 

So there you have it! Looks like this year we are going to be celebrating in the dome instead of under the lighthouse. Stay tuned for updates from the festivities!

Carnaval 2018 Calendar for the Mexican Caribbean

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Carnaval is coming to Mahahual this weekend! I will post a schedule of events as soon as I can get my hands on it! For those who will be here visiting us for the first time you can look forward to live music, performances, comedy, arts and crafts, and more!

Yemaya Beach Club and Resort, Mahahual

First of all I would like to apologize to Robert Gruber, owner of Yemaya Beach, for taking so long to get this article out.  I went to a birthday party about a month ago, took some photos, at Yemaya Beach, and I told Robert I would put them on this blog with his information and website.  Well I had to leave the birthday party early, and kind of forgot about the article until I found photos this morning.  So again sorry, I have been a little behind schedule.

Like I said, Yemaya Beach is owned and operated by Robert Gruber, originally from Germany.  I have seen Robert around Mahahual since I have been here, so he has been here quite a while. Well he has opened a beach club south of town on the coastal road to Xcalak.

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His place is about 4.5 kilometers south of town.

Entrance to Yemaya.

It is a great little spot on the beach, and you can see the port and Mahahual from the beach there.

Beach at Yemaya.

Robert has a swing bar, a restaurant, and all the other beach club amenities. You can hang out on the beach, snorkel, get a massage and there are also kayaks.

Cool swing bar.

Birthday party I was at.

They also have rooms, or cabanas I should say, you can stay in.  Here is their ad off of booking.com.

“Offering a barbecue and views of the sea, Yemaya Beachclub & Resort – Mahahual is set in Mahahual. The resort has a sun terrace and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

The rooms have a private bathroom.

You will find concierge service at the property.

A range of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling, windsurfing and diving. The nearest airport is Chetumal International Airport, 68 km from Yemaya Beachclub & Resort – Mahahual.

We speak your language!”

Also I got this off of their website.

“Our secluded, private beach club offers an authentic “off the beaten path” experience, while our friendly staff, full service bar & restaurant provide all the necessary comforts. Kayaks are available for guests as well as massages (upon request).

Whether you are looking for an exclusive beach location where to kick back for the day, a serene spot where to settle for a camping vacation in the Caribbean, a gorgeous setting where to celebrate a special occasion, or just a place where you can enjoy doing nothing, Yemayá Beach Club & Resort is waiting for you!”

So if you are here on a cruise ship, or on vacation, or an expat looking for a different place to go for the day or night, check out Yemaya Beach Club and Resort.

If you are interested in visiting or booking a room at Yemaya Beach Club and Resort, I am enclosing their website below, so you can check them out for yourself.

http://www.yemaya.com.mx/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Mayan chewing gum penetrates global organic-foods market

Mayan farmers in the states of Campeche and Quintana Roo have become players in the global chewing gum market with their unique and organic product.

Sold under the brand Chicza Organic Rainforest Gum, the biodegradable chewing gum was launched in 2009 and has since expanded to 26 European countries, Canada and the United States.

Introduced to the global market during BioFach 2009, the world’s largest trade fair for organic food, Chicza was chosen as one of the top 20 original products.

Chicza is made from raw latex obtained from the sustainable harvest of the chicozapote tree by Consorcio Chiclero, an umbrella cooperative that brings together 40 groups representing some 2,000 small producers from the two southeastern states.

The cooperative provides gum producers with social security, scholarships and other benefits, improving the quality of life of their families.

The chicozapote, or Manilkara zapota, trees from which the latex is taken are located in a 1.3-million-hectare region of rainforest with organic certification.

Chicza chewing gum is produced in Campeche and Quintana Roo. (PHOTO: chicza.com.uk)

Chicza chewing gum is produced in Campeche and Quintana Roo. (PHOTO: chicza.com.uk)



The cooperative produces 40 tonnes of flavored chewing gum annually, while an additional 100 tonnes of raw gum are exported every year to Japan and Singapore, which have been buying Campeche and Quintana Roo gum for over 100 years.

The processed gum comes in five flavors, lime, cinnamon, mint, spearmint and mixed berry.

With offices in Quintana Roo and the United Kingdom, Consorcio Chiclero oversees all stages of the production chain, from cultivation to distribution and exporting the finished product.

CEO Manuel Alderete Terrazas says Chicza is proof that the private sector doesn’t have to be at odds with the environment.

Source: mexiconewsdaily.com

source:http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2017/03/mayan-chewing-gum-penetrates-global-organic-foods-market/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

I Can Eat for $5.00 a Day in Mahahual

Yes, you read me correctly, I can eat most days in Mahahual for around five good old USA dollars.  I mean and not just eating a can and beans and some rice, I eat out every meal almost every day, or get take out.  I found this out the other day.  I got a $5 tip from a couple of college students here on spring break, for showing them around town.  After I got the tip, the guy who rides around on a bike here changing dollars to pesos came by.  I go him to change my $5 into pesos, and I got 96 pesos.

So after my tip I went to lunch at one of my usual haunts, right off the malecon.  I went to the Oaxaca girls place and got two empanadas, carne molido, and a garnacho, and it cost me only 26 pesos.  Later that day on my way home I stopped and got me a hamburger and fries from Solofish, and that cost me only 40 pesos.  So my total for my two main meals of the day was only 66 pesos, and this is not just on that day.  I eat for around 100 pesos every day, which is about $5 USA dollars.  I will now show you how I do it and provide some examples.

Hamburger and fries, 40 pesos.

First of all I am a bachelor, so I only have to feed myself.  Second, I am living in the K’ay Kook hotel now at the moment and don’t really have access to a refrigerator, just a freezer. Now when I originally moved into the hotel here last July, I was only supposed to be here two weeks to a month, it now has been eight months, but that is another story for the future.  I have been promised a place on the malecon to live, but there has been trouble with the legal procedures, more on that story later.

So being a bachelor here in Mahahual, I have learned it is as cheap to eat out here, as it is to cook your own meals.  Trust me, I have the good, cheap eating out to a science here. Now I am not going to include my drinks or my water in my daily eating totals, because I buy the big 5 liter water bottles, and 2-liter Coke Zero, and drink that with most of my meals.  I probably spend 20 pesos a day on my drinks and water, because it is important to stay hydrated here.

For instance, yesterday I was watching March Madness all day, and I had a fantasy baseball draft, so I went up to the corner and got me a hamburger for 30 pesos, and a bag of Cheetos 6 for lunch, for a total of 36 pesos, with the exchange rate now at 19.02 pesos to 1 USA dollar, that figures out to about $1.89 usd for lunch.  For dinner I ordered out for sushi, and had that delivered for 50 pesos, $2.62 usd.  So the total for the day was around 86 pesos.

But you are now thinking to yourself, well what about breakfast?  My answer, I am not a big breakfast eater, so I usually eat a sweet roll, or something  from the local bakery here. At Panaderia La Tartaleta, the local bakery here, I buy bags of day old pastries or rolls for 12 pesos.  It usually has three or four nice baked goods, and I eat one of those for breakfast with my Coke Zero.  Yesterday the bag I picked up had a brownie in it, a jelly roll, and a croissant filled with chocolate, not bad for only 12 pesos.

Thursday, I think I had chicken soup at Primos for 30 pesos for lunch, and picked up two slices of pepperoni pizza from Metro Pizza to take home for dinner, 50 pesos, another under $5.00 usd total, 80 pesos.  And as you can see, my meals are not bad, Metro Pizza has very good pizza, and the slices are big, good enough for me.

My meals also vary, one day I may get quarter chicken meal( pollo asada), rice and beans, tortillas, and salad for 40 pesos, at my place in downtown Mahahual.  So my diet varies, and is somewhat healthy, (beats eating fast food in the USA), and I can say almost all my meals taste good, I get a bad meal every now and then, but I usually stick to my usual haunts, so I know what I am getting most of the time.

I go to a place up on the corner a lot from my hotel, and the Mexican lady there has started making sandwiches, hamburgers, pastas, potato salad kind of Mexican style, and other meals for her customers to take home, and they are usually around 30 pesos.  I get these a lot at night, or on weekends, when I don’t want to venture all the way into town to eat.

Assorted salads, sandwiches, pastas, and even cupcakes, all around 20 or 30 pesos.

My store on the corner from where I live. I buy my ice there, and also a lot of my meals to take home. It is at the entrance to Barrio Cinco-Cinco, right across from Don Kike.

Mexican lady who owns store, with her hamburgers and sandwiches.

So as you can see, I got the $5 a day eating down to a science here in Mahahual.  Now I am sure I have left some people and places I eat out, and I will remember some later, but it is Sunday morning, and March Madness will be coming on soon, and I have to go watch my Gamecocks play Duke, (Go Cocks, sorry I had to throw that in there).

Now don’t get me wrong, I would much rather have my own kitchen to cook my own meals, but at the time being, this is my best option.  In fact something has to give on my “promised” apartment this week, or I am out of the deal, more on this later, I am not at liberty to go into more detail because of ongoing legal procedures, but lets just say, eight months is too long to wait for an apartment.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Saint Patrick’s Battalion in Mexico Some History

Today is St. Patrick’s day here in Mahahual and Mexico, and not much going on as far as celebrations.  When I was younger and during my drinking and party days, St. Patrick’s Day was always one of my favorite holidays.  In fact when I first graduated from college in 1980, my first job was working for Budweiser in Greenville, South Carolina.  One of my responsibilities was to get all the green kegs of beer out to all the bars and nightclubs for the celebration.  Even after that when I managed bars and discos, St. Patrick’s day was always a big day in that business.

I was in Charleston, South Carolina once at an Irish bar, Tommy Condon’s, and I got to meet Tom Berenger, the actor.  This was in the late 1980s, and he had just bought a house in Charleston on one of the islands.  We had a few drinks, I was in the comedy club business at the time, and I was also there with Tim Allen, the comedian. We all got to talking, and Tom Berenger was telling us about this movie he was thinking about working on, “One Man’s Hero”, about the Irish battalion in Mexico during the Mexican-American War in the 1840s.

Well several years later I got to see the movie and it was pretty good.  It tells the story of the St. Patricio Battalion, and it is a pretty good history flick, I like history movies.  So if you are interested in Mexican history, you might want to spend St. Patricks Day watching this movie.

So in honor of my Irish ancestry, and because I now make Mexico my home, I am going to provide some information about this movie, and some history of the St. Patricio Battalion, and the part they played in Mexico’s history.

“But Saint Patrick also resonates with Latin American countries in his own special way. In addition to being revered as a patron saint in the town of Loíza Aldea – the heart of Afro-Puerto Rican folklore – he has become a symbol of international solidarity with the cause of Mexican independence. I’m talking about el Batallón de San Patricio: a hodgepodge of expatriate Catholics who fought valiantly against the invading U.S. army during the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. Comprised primarily of deserters from the ranks of U.S. infantry, the Saint Patrick’s Battalion included to a smaller degree Italians, Poles, escaped African-American slaves, and Germans, while Irish immigrants made up the bulk of the more than 700-strong artillery unit.

Lured by offers of religious freedom, higher wages, and generous land grants, the members of the Saint Patrick’s Battalion were disenchanted by forced conscription into the U.S. army, where they found themselves the object of religious persecution and general mistreatment at the hands of native-born soldiers. And guess what? They made a movie about it. Behold One Man’s Hero, directed by Lance Hool.

Now there’s nothing in the historical record to suggest John Riley, the Irish-born leader of the Battalion, looked anything like ’80s heartthrob Tom Berenger, but Berenger’s squinted gaze and tousled blond locks likely made the story of an ex-U.S. soldier fighting for the Mexican cause that much more palatable for U.S. audiences, despite the whole treason thing. Yet few could deny Riley was a man of exceptional bravery and One Man’s Hero gives his epic, and ultimately tragic story a highbrow Hollywood makeover, complete with a Mexican señorita and unobtainable love interest named Marta, whose historical accuracy is somewhat questionable.

Still One Man’s Hero does a good job of sticking to the events that made the Saint Patrick’s Battalion an almost mythical force in the history of the Mexican Republic, fighting tirelessly at decisive battles like Monterrey, Cerro Gordo and Churubusco, all under the emerald-green shadow of the Battalion’s characteristic flag, which featured a golden Irish Harp and Mexican coat of arms emblazoned with the quintessentially Irish slogan, “Erin Go Bragh.”

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Ultimately, as we all know, Mexico lost the war along with about fifty percent of its territory, and many members of the Saint Patrick’s Battalion were found guilty of treason by U.S. forces and summarily hanged in a controversial public spectacle that coincided with the hoisting of the American flag at Chapultepec. But at least Riley got to ride off into the wilderness with Marta by his side.

Hollywood endings aside, the story of el Batallón San Patricio is a reminder that the U.S. doesn’t have a monopoly on providing refuge to the persecuted, and in some instances did its fair share of persecuting. For those interested in more background on the matter, here’s a BBC Radio story that recounts the history of Los San Patricios.”

 

 

Since today is St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would share some history of the famous St. Patricio Battalion, and the history of the Irish soldiers of Mexico. I know a Mexican woman who is a descendant of these Irish soldiers, and her last name is Tandy.

The green harp flag in its 18th to 19th century design, showing the "Maid of Erin" as the harp's pillar, her wing forming the harp's neck, and the inscription Erin go Bragh ("Ireland forever").

The green harp flag in its 18th to 19th century design, showing the “Maid of Erin” as the harp’s pillar, her wing forming the harp’s neck, and the inscription Erin go Bragh (“Ireland forever”).

The St. Patricio Battalion
The Irish Soldiers of Mexico

On 12 September 1997, the Mexican government paid special tribute to the soldiers of the San Patricio Battalion who were tortured and hanged at the San Jacinto Plaza, San Ángel, in 1847.
Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo presided at the ceremonies marking the sesquicentennial of that tragic event and declared: “One hundred and fifty years ago, here in San Ángel, … members of the St. Patricks Battalion were executed for following their consciences. They were martyred for adhering to the highest ideals, and today we honor their memory. In the name of the people of Mexico, I salute today the people of Ireland and express my eternal gratitude.” The president concluded, saying: “While we honor the memory of the Irish who gave their lives for Mexico and for human dignity, we also honor our own commitment to cherish their ideals, and to always defend the values for which they occupy a place of honor in our history.” Irish Ambassador to Mexico Sean 0’Huighinn emphasized the bonds of friendship that the “San Patricios” have forged between the two countries, and which continue to grow and prosper. He noted that Ireland and Mexico shared a common history of struggle to preserve their cultural identities and political liberties, often threatened by powerful and aggressive neighbors. He also paid tribute to the humanitarian insights of the San Patricios who, “despite the confusion and animosities of war, were able to discern the admirable qualities of the Mexican people, unclouded by preconceived notions of racial prejudice.” In this context, he quoted the leader of the San Patricios, John O’Reilly (also written Riley) who wrote: “Do not be deceived by the prejudice of a nation at war with Mexico, because you will not find in all the world a people more friendly and hospitable than the Mexicans.”

Historical Review

Following the US declaration of war against Mexico in 1846, an Irish-born deserter from the US army, John O’Reilly, organized a company of soldiers at Matamoros to fight on the side of Mexico against the invading US forces. These foreign volunteers became known as “Las Compañías de San Patricio,” and were renowned for their skill as artillerists as well as their bravery in battle for the duration of the war (1846-1848). Not all the San Patricios were deserters from the US army. Their number also included Irish and other Europeans already settled in Mexico, and some historians use Mexican army records as a basis to state that the majority were not deserters. The San Patricios did, however, have a distinctly Irish identity since their name-sake, St. Patrick, is the patron saint of the Irish people. The groups banner displayed an Irish harp surrounded by the Mexican coat-of-arms with a scroll reading, Freedom for the Mexican Republic and underneath the harp was the motto in Gaelic “Erin go Brágh” (Ireland for Ever). On the other side of the banner Saint Patrick was depicted holding a pastoral staff resting on a serpent. An US soldier described it as “a beautiful green silk banner [that] waved over their heads; on it glittered a silver cross and a golden harp, embroidered by the hands of the fair nuns of San Luis Potosí.” Historian Robert Miller also cites another reference to the San Patricio banner by an American observer: “Among the mighty host we passed was O’Reilly and his company of deserters bearing aloft in high disgrace the holy banner of St. Patrick.”

From Matamoros to Churubusco

The San Patricios took part in the fighting at Matamoros and Monterrey where they earned a reputation for their expertise in handling heavy weaponry. Following the US victory at Monterrey, the Mexican army retreated to San Luis Potosí, where General Antonio López de Santa Anna reorganized the Mexican forces in late 1846. Liberating Army of the North, as well as a special artillery unit manned by the San Patricios. This unit was commanded by Colonel Francisco Rosendo Moreno and played and important role in the Mexican victory at the Battle of Angostura in February 1847. According to Miller, “Two six-powder cannon of the US Fourth Artillery were captured by the enemy due to intense fire from the San Patricio cannoneers, aided by support troops.” General Francisco Mejía cited the San Patricios in his report as “worthy of the most consummate praise because the men fought with daring bravery.” As a result of their heroism in battle, O’Reilly, among others, was promoted to the rank of captain and was given the Angostura Cross of Honor. Despite the apparent victory of the Mexican forces at Angostura, Santa Anna decided to abandon the field of battle and retreated to San Luis Potosí. According to Miller, about a third of the San Patricios were killed or wounded at Angostura. Only two weeks after the battle of Angostura, the main focus of the war shifted to the Mexican Gulf Coast with the arrival of General Winfield Scott at Veracruz with 9,000 troops. The San Patricios were transferred from San Luis Potosí to Jalapa and took part in the Battle of Cerro Gordo which ended in defeat for the Mexican forces.

The Foreign Legion of St. Patrick
In June 1847, Santa Anna created a foreign legion as part of the Mexican army, and the San Patricios were transferred from the artillery branch to the infantry and merged into the Foreign Legion. They then became known as the First and Second Militia Infantry Companies of San Patricio. Colonel Francisco R. Moreno was made commander, with Captain John O’Reilly in charge of the First Company and Captain Santiago 0’Leary of the Second. The companies were also referred to as “The Foreign Legion of San Patricio”.

The Battle of Churubusco

Dr. Michael Hogan, the Irish-American author of The Irish Soldiers of Mexico, provides a detailed, well-documented account of the heroic defence of the “convento” (monastery) at Churubusco when it was attacked by the invading US forces on 20 August 1847. The monastery, surrounded by huge, thick stone walls, provided a natural fortress for the defending Mexican forces. The San Patricio Companies together with the Los Bravos Battalion occupied the parapets of the building which was to become the scene of one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Though hopelessly outnumbered, the defenders repelled the attacking US forces with heavy losses until their ammunition ran out, and a Mexican officer, realizing the hopelessness of the situation, raised the white flag of surrender. According to Hogan, Captain Patrick Dalton of the San Patricios tore the white flag down, and General Pedro Anaya ordered his men to fight on with their bare hands if necessary. Mexican historian, Heriberto Frías described the heroic last stand of the San Patricios: “Only the soldiers of St. Patrick, brave Irishmen who spontaneously defended our standard, passing to our ranks out of sympathy for our ideals and religion, were able to use the munitions; and they continued their spirited volleys, until the enemys rain of fire brought death to those valiant marksmen.” History records that following the surrender, when US General Twiggs asked General Anaya where his ammunition was stored, he replied bitterly: “If I had ammunition, you would not be here.” Undoubtedly, the tenacity and skill of the San Patricio companies at Churubusco earned them the everlasting esteem and affection of the Mexican people; and their willingness to fight to the death for their commitment to Mexico forged an indelible seal of honor on that commitment. Mexicans are also justly proud of the heroic stand of their national guardsmen, “green civilian recruits, fighting to the death against Scotts well-equipped veterans.”

According to General Anaya’s written report, 35 San Patricios were killed in action, 0’Leary and O’Reilly were wounded and Francis 0’Connor lost both legs as a result of his heroic stand against the invaders. Eighty-five of the San Patricios were taken prisoner, while the other survivors (about 85) managed to escape, and apparently were later able to rejoin the retreating Mexican forces. Seventy-two were charged with desertion from the US army, and General Scott ordered that two courts-martial be convened to try them.

Lashing, Branding and Hanging

A court-martial at San Ángel on 8 September 1847, upheld the death sentence for 20 of the 29 San Patricios tried there, while a similar court at Tacubaya ordered the death penalty for 30 more. The others, including O’Reilly, escaped the death penalty since they had deserted before war was declared. They, however, were condemned to “receive 50 lashes on their bare backs, to be branded with the letter “D” for deserter, and to wear iron yokes around their necks for the duration of the war.” Two Mexican muleteers were forced to administer the lashes, according to Hogan.

On 10 September 1847, 16 of the condemned San Patricios were hanged at the San Jacinto Plaza, San Ángel, and 14 others received 59 lashes on their bare backs until, according to an American eyewitness, “Their backs had the appearance of a pounded piece of raw beef, the blood oozing from every stripe. ” After the flogging, the prisoners were branded with the letter “D” with red-hot branding irons. Some were branded on the hip, while others were branded on the cheek, and O’Reilly was branded on both cheeks for good measure. San Jacinto Plaza thus became the scene of bloody and mangled bodies, mingled with the repulsive odor of the burning flesh of the tortured San Patricios. According to Hogan, five Mexican priests who sought to give spiritual assistance to the victims were forced to witness the whippings and brandings and ordered to withdraw to the gallows to witness the final act of this “gruesome and carefully orchestrated spectacle.”
Eight mule-drawn wagons were brought up, and two prisoners were placed on each wagon. Sixteen nooses hanging from the crossbeam were placed around their necks, and the priests were brought forward to administer the last rites of the Catholic Church. Then, “the whips cracked, and the wagons drove off leaving the 16 victims dangling from their nooses.” Some, like Captain Patrick Dalton, had asked to be buried in consecrated ground, and were interred in nearby Tla-copac. The others were buried beneath the gallows, and C. O’Reilly and his tortured companions were forced to dig their fallen comrades’ graves. On September 2, four more convicted San Patricios were hanged at the nearby village of Mixcoac.
The final scene of this macabre and somewhat sadistic “hanging spree” took place near Tacubaya on September 13, when the remaining 30 convicted San Patricios were hanged. Francis 0’Connor, who had lost his legs at Churubusco and was dying from his wounds, was nonetheless dragged from the hospital tent and propped up on a wagon with a noose around his neck. When the US American flag was raised over Chapultepec Castle, the San Patricios were “launched into eternity as the wagons pulled away, and the nooses tightened on their necks.”

Mexicans were shocked and outraged by this cruel and barbaric treatment of the San Patricios. The Diario del Gobierno expressed its indignation, writing: “This day in cold blood, these [US American] Caribs from an impulse of superstition, and after the manner of savages as practiced in the days of Homer, have hanged these men as a holocaust.”

In Memoriam

1997 marked the sesquicentennial of a bitter and traumatic chapter in the history of the Irish and Mexican peoples. Mexico remembered the tragic loss of almost half its territory, “ceded” to the United States; and Ireland remembered the tragic loss of almost half its total population due to starvation and emigration brought about by the Great Famine of 1847. It has been wisely said that those who ignore the lessons of history are destined to repeat it, and that we do not need to savor the bitterness of the past in order to understand its lesson for the present and the future. Each year, on September 12, Mexico pays tribute to the San Patricios at San Jacinto Plaza. The commemorative plaque on the wall facing the plaza was designed by Lorenzo Rafael, son of Patricio Cox, who wrote the first book, a novel in Spanish, about the San Patricios. The escutcheon at the top of the plaque depicts a Celtic cross protected by the outstretched wings of the Aztec eagle. The inscription on the plaque reads: “In memory of the Irish soldiers of the heroic San Patricio Battalion, martyrs who gave their lives for the cause of Mexico during the unjust US invasion of 1847”. At the bottom of the plaque another inscription reads: “With the gratitude of Mexico, 112 years after their holocaust”. The plaque was placed in 1959 and continues to remind visitors to the peaceful, tree-shaded plaza, of the tragic events that took place there on 10 September 1847.

patricos01Thanks for reading, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina