In 1810, after a botched attempt at a revolt against the Spanish Colonial government, a Roman Catholic priest in a small town near Guanajuato, Mexico uttered the "Grito de Dolores" and waged war against the greatest conquerors in the history of human kind. In the early morning hours of September 16, 1810, the Battle of Guanajuato started the 10 year Mexican War of Independence.
Today, these events are reenacted all across Mexico. Here in Texas, many Latinos gather and spend time with family and friends. Yet, you don’t have to live in Mexico or be Latino to see the importance of this day in history; you need only to have pride in our great state.
The Mexican Constitution of 1824, which was the first constitution adopted by the newly born Mexican Empire, contained many of the building blocks that our fledgling state adopted in various forms of its constitution.
Let us all celebrate today the beginning of Mexican independence, an event that put into motion the founding of our state.