1972 Mexico 50 Pesos Banco de Mexico

By Liliana E. González


Portrait of Ignacio Allende at front, Mexico’s independence Angel monument at back. Printed by American Banknote Co.

Ignacio Allende was born on January 21, 1779 in San Miguel el Grande in Guanajuato. He was executed by firing squad on June 26, 1811 in Chihuahua.

Allende was a captain of the Spanish Army in Mexico who came to sympathize with the Mexican independence movement. He attended the secret meetings organized by Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez, where the possibility of an independent New Spain was discussed. He fought along with Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in the first stage of the struggle, eventually succeeding him in leadership of the rebellion.

Allende is a national hero of Mexico. Places named in his honor include the municipality of Allende and town of San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato, and the Chihuahua municipality of Allende and its municipal seat, Valle de Allende.

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