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Mexico. The epic story of Mezcala Island

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Facing the largest lake Mexico, the Chapala Lake, is Mezcala, a town that gives its name to one of the most historic islands in all of Mexico, the Mezcala Island or Presidio Island. We can say that it was a bastion of insurgents, a presidio or that thousands of lizards currently own the events and memories that this island of central Mexico treasures.


Port in the Presidio

A independence war After more than 300 years of colonialism, it is still a war between power and family. The power, because partly in every conquest there is yoke and cruelty if there is technical superiority, and of family, because the town after 300 years has changed, it has mixed and in large part it has become Creoles, children of Spaniards and natives. It doesn't matter why, but every war is synonymous with brutality. This is the story of the island of Mezcala or Presidio Island, a story that you must know to be able to live more closely this curious island.


Rocking

From the hand of Mezcala chronicler we could hear first hand the history of the Mezcala Island or Presidio Island, a courage story, of struggle and especially of suffering.

We are located in 1812, in full independence war, where a brave and especially a leader calledJose Santana he fled with a group of indigenous and Creole to a remote island of Chapala lake, the Island of Mezcala. There hundreds of families went to stop due to the progress of José de la Cruz, from the Realist Army, towards the town of Mezcala. No less than 4 years endured isolated on this arid island located more than 1,500m high.


In those times things were very different from what they are today. The lake's water was so clear that you could drink from it. Its waters were so transparent that you could see both its bottom and the rich diversity It housed. It is not and was not a lake that will stand out for its beauty, but it was because it could house and feed an entire town for years.


Chapala

During the siege of Mezcala Island the modernRealistic Army or Spanish in command of José de la Cruz He ordered several camps around the island. From the beginning I send boats in search of the conquest of this impenetrable bastion with little or no success. In part the little success was because the rebels nailed hundreds of stakes around the island to run aground the small army of the powerful Spanish empire. When the ships approached the island of Mezcala and ran aground in their waters, the rebels gave them their own welcome with a rain of arrows, making the Mezcala lake dye red.


Strong

There were many nights where the rebels with great skills of strategy went into "mainland" to steal food, but one of their greatest feats was steal 15 cannons which allowed them to fight the Spanish better.

Not only bows or arrows were available from that moment, but some firearms that had been stolen and the 15 almighty cannons. This blew the wind in favor of the insurgents and the conquest of the island became a little more uphill for the Spaniards.


Mezcala / Presidio Island

But time sometimes turns things around and creates new events. For the next 4 years the Spaniards were not their main enemy. During those long years over 4,000 people They lived on an island of no more than 140 hectares. The famine and the little variety in their diet, diseases such as cholera morbid caused too many deaths among its inhabitants that generated a climate of tension that they managed to overcome and thus not yield to a belief and principles.


Mezcala / Presidio Island

We cannot forget that the Spaniards "helped" the isolation of this island in an "indirect" way. An army of land was sent to combat and assault an island. They could not navigate and their attempts at conquest always ended in failure. Possibly the lake was dyed more than once of Spanish-colored blood than of rebels, but given a strategy and a way to defend itself so brightly, it is very complex to succeed.


Mezcala / Presidio Island

In 1816, after 4 heroic years, José de la Cruz reached an agreement with the rebels without arriving never to invade Mezcala Island. The rebels were weak, very depleted, but this fact, this story, today very unknown among the Mexican people marked a before and after in the independence of Mexico from the Spanish empire. Long live Mexico Cabrones!

That's right, they seize it and try to change it, but they don't always impose its truth. Of any story you have to believe half. In all epic battles there was not always a king fighting if not brave soldiers. Some order to write history and others write their own so that their people love them or simply to turn something mediocre or sad into a true one. epic. The history of Mezcala Island could be something similar, since it is hard for me to believe that a powerful army would not plot an isolation strategy, as if a fort or a city will be assaulted in times of Alexander the Great, starving a people and generating disease and internal conflicts. Four years are many and history tells us that the inhabitants of the Mezcala Island they accepted a treaty because a large part of their population had died or was ill because of a great epidemic. In this treaty the Spaniards gave them land and cattle and Jose Santana the position of governor of the Island of Mezcala. I wonder if a military man of that time would be able to make this kind of deal knowing that the inhabitants of the island were in those conditions.


Mezcala / Presidio Island

The island of Mezcala or Presidio Island is still surrounded by green mountains but the waters of the Chapala lake they are not even the shadow of those crystalline waters. On the other hand, the sunsets are still fabulous, since the mountains are so close to the shore of the lake that the sun seems to be hiding very close to you. An ideal place to enjoy it, thepier from the city of Chapala.


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From the port of Mezcala to the island of the Presidio they leave boats or pangas that approach you for about 300 pesos. The entrance fee to the island is already included in the transport price.


Mezcala / Presidio Island

On the island we can find a criminal or presidio which was ordered to build by José de la Cruz in 1816. It was in operation until 1855 and came to house the rooms of the soldiers, the fort and the prison itself. It was also a violent place, since there he received many prisoners with death penalty, pity that it was running there without delay. You can still see notches in the wall of the days that the prisoners of his life in prison counted.


Marks in prison

The closest airport to the island of Mezcala or the Presidio is the international airport Miguel Hidalgo, less than 30 min. This airport is famous for being the one that covers one of the largest cities in Mexico,Guadalajara.

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