One of the first cities to be declared free from Spanish rule during the Mexican War of Independence, you'd be hard-pressed to find a colonial city in Mexico more beautiful and well-preserved than San Miguel de Allende. This guide covers what to see and do, the best places to eat and drink, and other useful things to know.

One of the first cities to be declared free from Spanish rule during the Mexican War of Independence, you'd be hard-pressed to find a colonial city in Mexico more beautiful and well-preserved than San Miguel de Allende. This guide covers what to see and do, the best places to eat and drink, and other useful things to know.

Manuela Medina (1780-1822) was a national heroine who fought on the forefront of combat during the Mexican War of Independence.

Manuela Medina (1780-1822) was a national heroine who fought on the forefront of combat during the Mexican War of Independence.

War Part 1: In the picture above is the Mexican war of independence. Mexico has been in  many wars in the past, but this one was one of the most important. The mexican war of independence was a movement for what Mexico used to be called, New spain. Mexico was one of the first countries to fight against Spain. Spain wanted Mexico’s territory, but Mexico didn’t want to give that territory up to Spain. So they went into a war from 1810 to 1821. So they went into a war from 1810 to 1821.

War Part 1: In the picture above is the Mexican war of independence. Mexico has been in many wars in the past, but this one was one of the most important. The mexican war of independence was a movement for what Mexico used to be called, New spain. Mexico was one of the first countries to fight against Spain. Spain wanted Mexico’s territory, but Mexico didn’t want to give that territory up to Spain. So they went into a war from 1810 to 1821. So they went into a war from 1810 to 1821.

8/24/1821  Spain accepts Mexican independence http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/spain-accepts-mexican-independence

8/24/1821 Spain accepts Mexican independence http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/spain-accepts-mexican-independence

Mexican War of Independence Part of the Spanish American wars of independence Collage Independencia.jpg Clockwise from top left: Miguel Hidalgo, José María Morelos, Embrace of Acatempan between Iturbide and Guerrero, Trigarante Army in Mexico City, Mural of independence by O'Gorman

Mexican War of Independence Part of the Spanish American wars of independence Collage Independencia.jpg Clockwise from top left: Miguel Hidalgo, José María Morelos, Embrace of Acatempan between Iturbide and Guerrero, Trigarante Army in Mexico City, Mural of independence by O'Gorman

Texas War of Independence: Mexican private,Grenadier Company of the 5th or Guerrero Regiment Permanente Infantry as he would have appeared at the Alamo and San Jacinto 1836.

Texas War of Independence: Mexican private,Grenadier Company of the 5th or Guerrero Regiment Permanente Infantry as he would have appeared at the Alamo and San Jacinto 1836.

Gertrudis Bocanegra - WikipediaMaría Gertrudis Teodora Bocanegra Mendoza[1] (11 April 1765 – 11 October 1817) was a woman who fought in the Mexican War of Independence. She was arrested, tortured and executed in 1817

Gertrudis Bocanegra - WikipediaMaría Gertrudis Teodora Bocanegra Mendoza[1] (11 April 1765 – 11 October 1817) was a woman who fought in the Mexican War of Independence. She was arrested, tortured and executed in 1817

San Miguel de Allende is a city and municipality located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico. Historically, the town is important as being the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, whose surname was added to the town’s name in 1826, as well as the first area declared independent of Spanish rule during the Mexican War of Independence.

San Miguel de Allende is a city and municipality located in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico. Historically, the town is important as being the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, whose surname was added to the town’s name in 1826, as well as the first area declared independent of Spanish rule during the Mexican War of Independence.

September 16, 1810: Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”) Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, launches the Mexican War of Independence with the issuing of his Grito de Dolores, or “Cry of...

September 16, 1810: Grito de Dolores (“Cry of Dolores”) Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Catholic priest, launches the Mexican War of Independence with the issuing of his Grito de Dolores, or “Cry of...

Rigoberto A. Gonzalez is inspired by the Mexican corrido, a popular narrative song or ballad, about the history, oppression, and daily lives of people, which emerged during the Mexican War of Independence and flourished during the Mexican Revolution.

Rigoberto A. Gonzalez is inspired by the Mexican corrido, a popular narrative song or ballad, about the history, oppression, and daily lives of people, which emerged during the Mexican War of Independence and flourished during the Mexican Revolution.

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