Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site, Goliad

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The Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Park is located adjacent to Presidio La Bahía in Goliad State Park and Historic Site, Goliad County in the U.S. state of Texas. An amphitheater and bronze statue of Ignacio Zaragoza are also on the grounds.
Ignacio Zaragoza was a hero of the Battle of Puebla, which is commemorated each year by Cinco de Mayo celebrations. On May 5, 1862, General Zaragoza and 4,500 of his forces repelled 6,500 French forces in the city of Puebla, and prevented a French invasion into Mexico.
Zaragoza was born in Goliad on this site March 24, 1829. In September 1961, the county of Goliad donated 3acre at Zaragoza's birth site, for a memorial in his honor. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reconstructed his birth home on the foundation. Architectural plans were drawn up for the Parks Department by Raiford Stripling of San Augustine. Stein Lumber Company of Fredericksburg completed construction December 1974. The birthplace was opened to the public on the 114th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 1976. The site also includes an amphitheater.
A 10ft bronze statue to commemorate Zaragoza was donated by the people of Puebla, Mexico and unveiled on September 13, 1980. It is located on the grounds of the birthplace in front of the amphitheater.
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