National Geographic : 1953 Mar
(UNational Ueographic society 342 Guanajuato Inspires Mexican Patriots; Here Their Forefathers Won a FamousBattle for Independence In 1810 embattled Spaniards made a desperate stand in Alh6ndiga de Granaditas, the huge pile of masonry at left center. Torevolutionary Mexicans theonetime granary appeared impregnable until the hero "Pipila" shielded himself with a flagstone, ran through a hail of bullets, and setfiretothedoor, allowing hiscomrades to storm the fort. A museum occupies the place today. A statue of Pipila in the distance overlooks the valley.