Finding Medina

Episode 02: The Casas Revolt



On September 16, 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costillas unleashed a cry of protest against centuries of Spanish exploitation of New Spain. San Antonians under a retired militia Captain named Juan Bautista de las Casas took up the cry and attached themselves to his cause. We start our search for the battlefield of Medina by dissecting the most primary account of them all: the post-action report of the Spanish Royalist commander, Joaquín de Arredondo. He gives us our first important clues for narrowing the search area.