Luís Pérez Figueroa

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Monument tae Luis Perez Figueroa in Acatlán de Pérez Figueroa

Luis Pérez Figueroa (1833 - 1903) was a Mexican general who focht in the war o unthirldom that follaeed the French intervention in Mexico.

Militar career[eedit | eedit soorce]

Luis Pérez Figueroa wis born on 22 Mairch 1833 in Salvatierra, Guanajuato. He joined the naitional airmy at the age o twinty in March 1853 as a seicont lieutenant in the infantry, an wis promotit tae first lieutenant in 1855. He played an active role in the war o intervention, fechtin successfully against imperial troops in the muntains o Teotitlan an Tuxtepec. He wis a signatory tae the Plan which defendit the toun o Tuxtepec.[1] As a colonel, on the 25t o Apryle 1865 he defeatit French forces at San Miguel Soyaltepec (nou covered bi the Miguel Aleman Dam), which wis renamit Patriótica Villa de San Miguel Soyaltepec in 1868 in honor o this battle.[2] In 1866 he became a brigadier general, an on 18 October 1866 his brigade focht on the richt flank unner General Porfirio Díaz in the decisive Battle o La Carbonera.[3] Later he wis gien command o a diveesion.[1]

Efter the war, the Preses Benito Juárez became suspicious o Porfirio Díaz's ambitions. Figueroa supportit Juárez an urgit him tae appoint lyal govrenors in Oaxaca, Veracruz an Puebla, Díaz's pouer base. Juárez next ordered the disairmin o the Oaxacan Naitional Guards. The Zapotecs o the Ixtlan Naitional Guard believit that they haed earned the richt tae bear airms, an felt betrayed bi Juárez. At Figueroa's urgin, Juárez quietly let the matter rest.[4]

Honors[eedit | eedit soorce]

General Figueroa marriet a Oaxacan wumman an haed aicht childer. He receivit various awairds for his patriotism an courage, includin a medal for the assault an captur o Puebla in 1867. He remained in the airmy for fowerty years. He died on 23 Mey 1903 in Tlalpan in the Federal Destrict o Mexico. His funeral wis held wi full honors, an wis attendit bi the preses o the republic, Porfirio Diaz. In his memory, the Oaxaca state govrenment gave his name in October 1904 tae the Acatlán de Pérez Figueroa municipality o the Tuxtepec Destrict, Oaxaca.[1]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. a b c "Biografia del General Luis Pérez Figueroa". acatlan.com. Archived frae the original on 12 August 2010. Retrieved 26 Julie 2010.
  2. "San Miguel Soyaltepec". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México Oaxaca. Archived frae the original on 17 Mey 2011. Retrieved 26 Julie 2010.
  3. David Marley (1998). Wars of the Americas: a chronology of armed conflict in the New World, 1492 to the present. ABC-CLIO. p. 561ff. ISBN 0-87436-837-5.
  4. Patrick J. McNamara (2007). Sons of the Sierra: Juárez, Díaz, and the people of Ixtlán, Oaxaca, 1855-1920. UNC Press. p. 71ff. ISBN 0-8078-5787-4.