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Celaya, Guanajuato

Glorieta de Los Fundadores

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Monuments to the Founders

This little hillock of statues looming (modestly) from a traffic circle honors the founding of Celaya, the "Golden Gate of the Bajío," back in October of 1570. Here Don Martin Enriquez de Almanza, viceroy of New Spain, established a settlement at the site of an indigenous Otomi village called Nattahi ("in the mesquites"). More than 200 years later, Celaya famously saw Don Miguel Hidalgo and Ignacio Allende named General Commander and Lieutenant General, respectively, of the Revolutionary Army during the Mexican War of Independence.

Small and traffic-wrapped as it is, the monument's certainly an interesting stop for anyone interested in Celaya's centuries-long history.

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