Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Mezcala Island - Lake Chapala

Mezcala Island
Lake Chapala, Jalisco - Mexico

Mezcala Island is a few kilometers southeast of Mezcala on the northern shore of Lake Chapala. It is also known as El Presidio. From 1812-1816, a small band of rebels held off the Spanish army and navy against overwhelming odds. Tired of the humiliation the Spanish finally negotiated a peaceful surrender with the insurgents. The island then became a Spanish prison for many years.

It's rumored that there existed indigenous structures and hieroglyphics on the island before the fortifications were built but all traces disappeared with the construction. There are tours to the island from both Mezcala and Chapala-



Aerial view of Mezcala

Ruins of the fort

More ruins

Mezcala island from Mezcala town


A few more Mezcala fotos

3 comments:

cachania said...

Visita www.mezcala.com.mx

En este 2010 nuestro país conmemorará doscientos años del inicio de la Independencia y cien años del comienzo de la Revolución, por esto es importante dar a conocer a todos los mexicanos el pasado histórico de México y reflexionar sobre él.
La Isla de Mezcala. Ubicada en Mezcala de la Asunción, Municipio de Poncitlán Jalisco, México. Es uno de esos lugares Históricos en la guerra de Independencia que muy pocos conocen. Aquí se libro una de las batallas de resistencia más largas que haya tenido lugar en nuestro país de 1812 a 1816.

cachania said...

Visit www.mezcala.com.mx
In this 2010 our country will celebrate two hundred years the start of Independence and one hundred years of the beginning of the Revolution, it is therefore important to all Mexicans in Mexico the past and reflect on it.
The Isle of mezcal. Located in the Mezcal Assumption Township PONCITLAN Jalisco, Mexico. It is one of those historic places in the War of Independence that few know. This book is one of the longest battles of resistance that took place in our country from 1812 to 1816.

Anonymous said...

Recientemente visitamos la Isla de Mezcala y quiero felicitarlos por todo el buen trabajo de restauracion las ruinas, pero hay algo que estan descuidando mucho y respetuosamente se los comparto; esto es en relacion a la calle principal; es una de puros hoyos especialmente al Oriente de la plaza; dejen de hechar tantos cuetes y traigan bandas mas baratitas y primero denle atencion a eso para que las celebraciones dejen buena impresion en los turistas que los visitan. Gracias

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