San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel is a very old and beautiful colonial city with a large American ex-pat community. So beautiful colonial architecture and local culture, but lots of English, and plenty of great restaurants. We went to one directly from the bus station.
After dinner, back at their house, Alan showed me a piece of the Berlin Wall!
At the museum
Although Allende and Hidalgo agreed on independence, they disagreed on much, particularly how to wage war. Allende, the professional soldier, was aghast at Hidalgo’s encouragement of the looting of towns and the executions of all Spaniards they came across. Hidalgo argued that the violence was necessary and that without the promise of loot most of their army would desert. Not all of the army was made up of angry peasants: there were some Creole army regiments, and these were almost all loyal to Allende: when the two men split up, most of the professional soldiers went to Guanajuato with Allende.
Mexican Independence: Biography of Ignacio Allende by Christopher Minster