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The story behind Mexican Independence Day's Grito de Dolores

Published: Friday, September 16, 2022 - 12:11pm
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University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Luis E. Coronado Guel

Sept. 16 is Mexican Independence Day, also known as El Grito in recognition of the Grito de Dolores, or Cry of Dolores, that will be reenacted all over Mexico  — and Arizona.

In 2019, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador even reenacted El Grito from the National Palace.

Luis Coronado Guel can give us a little history on this one, and just why this cry is associated with Mexico’s Independence Day.

Coronado Guel is director for the University of Arizona’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Mexico Initiatives, as well as a history professor there.

The Show spoke with him more to learn how the the cry got started.

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