Jose Azueta statue Zihuatanejo.

by HolyMole @, Monday, March 13, 2017, 17:00 (220 days ago) @ frostbite

People should certainly have pride in their history. While I have no love for those polluting cruise ships in the bay, I'm not convinced that a person seeing a statue pointing a rifle at them as they disembark, is going to make them feel welcome. Surely, there's a better place for it.

Jose Azueta died in defense of Veracruz against the U.S. occupation in 1914.

Just to stir up the waters, here's what author Paul Theroux in "The Old Patagonian Express" had to say:

“I walked a mile to the Castle of San Juan de Ulua……The castle contains a permanent exhibit of Veracruz’s past – a pictorial record of invasions, punitive missions, and local military defeats. It was that most Mexican of enthusiasms – humiliation as history. If the engravings and old photographs showed how cynical and aggressive other countries – but mainly the United States – had been toward Mexico, the prominence of the exhibit in Veracruz invited the Mexican to a morning of wound licking and self-contempt. Veracruz is known as “the heroic city.” It is a poignant description: in Mexico a hero is nearly always a corpse.”


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