Mexican state of Nayarit consisted solely of driving through its rugged mountains. We were surprised at how much rich, flat, farm land we found. In addition to bananas and coconuts, beans and corn, the farmers of Nayarit grow mangos, coffee, tobacco, and sugar cane. Fishing is also important, especially around San Blas, where shrimping is a major occupation.
La Plaza Principal
Father Mercado was one of the priests who took up arms when Father Migual Hidalgo y Costilla issued his famous "grito" (cry) for revolt against Spanish rule in November 1810. Father Mercado led a rebel army that took Tepic (now the capital of Nayarit). He then marched on San Blas, an important Spanish naval base at the time. Although the Spanish were well armed, there were only a few hundred royalists in San Blas and the local population supported the insurgents. The Spanish surrendered and Mercado sent 42 cannon to Hidago's army. However, Hidalgo was defeated at Calderón Bridge in 1811 and the Spanish then sent an expedition against San Blas. Father Mercado and his Compaña Fija de San Blas were outnumbered and outgunned. Most of his subordinate leaders were captured and executed, but Mercado himself died mysteriously. His body was found at the bottom of an oceanside cliff and no one knows the real story of his demise.
The Centro area
This completes Part 1 of my San Blas series. I always appreciate feedback and questions and if you have any, please either leave them in the Comments section below (it may say "no comments" if there are none yet) or email me directly.
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Hasta luego, Jim