Ignacio Allende by Ramon Perez, 1865
Ignacio Allende was a Spanish captain who began to experience divided loyalties while stationed in Mexico. He eventually ended up siding with the Mexican independence movement and led forces into battle against his country as a lieutenant general.

Full Name Ignacio Allende y Unzaga
Who Captain
Birth Date January 21, 1769
Death Date June 26, 1811
Country Spain / Mexico
Born San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Died Chihuahua, Mexico
Cause of Death execution - firing squad
Education unknown
Father Domingo Narciso de Allende
Mother Maria Ana de Unzaga
Siblings third of seven children
Spouse Luz Augustina de las Fuentes

Indalicio Herrera

one more son, two daughters


When Allende first joined the Spanish army in 1802, he served under general Felix Maria Calleja.

Allende was invited by Miguel Dominguez and Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez to their home in order to discuss the idea of Mexican independece, around 1804. Allende went back to similar meetings regularly and soon met Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla and Juan Aldama.

Allende was betrayed to the Spanish forces by Ignacio Elizondo, leading to his capture and execution.


San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - Born here, 1769.

Morelia, Mexico - Attended secret Mexican independence meetings here, around 1805.

Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico - Visited around 1808.

Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico - Visited in 1810.

Tampico, Mexico - Visited in 1810.

Guanajuato, Mexico - Partially capture this city in 1810. After his execution, his head was displayed here.

Chihuahua, Mexico - Executed here, 1811.

Mexico City, Mexico - Remains were moved here, 1925.

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