Wednesday, October 29, 2008

We Don't Need Another Hero

For Day of the Dead, the city has erected an altar to the great queretano heroes of independence. These are referred to locally as the "conspirators" - which is a perfectly accurate way to describe the clandestine independence movement, but still kind of funny to us English-speakers. We suppose the passage of the RICO Act gave the word "conspiracy" a taint in English that it lacks in Spanish. (For that matter, we don't name as many of our kids "Rico," either.)

Perhaps taking to heart our earlier suggestion that there are enough things in town named "Corregidora," the altar is dedicated to some of the lesser-sung heroes of the 1810 revolution. We admit being somewhat baffled by the inclusion of Mister Corregidora, Miguel Domínguez, "in whose house were held the literary meetings which provided cover for the conspirators." (It's a great little-known fact about Mexico: its revolution began as a book club.) But as near as we've been able to understand, Don Miguel did everything in his power to try to stop the revolution - even going so far is to imprison the Missus in that very same house. This gets you an altar? Can any locals enlighten us a bit?


Jorge Arturo said...

He didn't try to stop the independence, he wasn't caught, but his wife was a suspect, so in order to protect her, he imprison her in the room (better than jail), but allowed Ignacio Pérez to warn the other conspirators, with orders from the Corregidora, who wanted to warn them herself.

Burro Hall said...

Sounds like everyone but la Corregidora did everything. Why is everything in Queretaro named after her?