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The Monumento a los Niños Heroes recognizes military cadets who died while defending Chapultepec Castle, the last major resistance to U.S. troops who had invaded Mexico in 1846. This battle was part of the Mexican-American War of aggression instigated by United States President James Polk. See the six tall columns of the solemn structure and learn about the specifics of the event.
The U.S. began the Mexican-American War when Mexico was in a weak position with discord across its separate states and limited military resources. U.S. troops quickly overcame Mexican forces in Buena Vista and Veracruz. They marched south and laid siege to the highest point of Mexico City, Chapultepec Hill. This led to the decisive battle on September 13, 1847. See paintings and documents depicting this historic event at the National Museum of History near the monument.
Chapultepec Castle was at that time serving as a military academy. Military cadets made up much of the resistance to the U.S. forces, fighting valiantly but losing to better equipped and more experienced soldiers. As the battle was ending, one of the youths is said to have wrapped himself in the Mexican flag and jumped off the top of the castle to avoid letting the flag be captured by the American enemies. Gaze at the monument that honors six fighters from the military academy. They ranged in age from 13 to 17. Thus the monument honors the “child heroes” of this battle and the war.
Several months after Mexico’s defeat at Chapultepec Castle, the countries signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, ending the war. Mexico ceded much of the areas that are now southern California and New Mexico to the United States. Reflect on the events that shifted that region of the country from Mexican to American.
Find the impressive Monumento a los Niños Heroes at the entrance to Bosque de Chapultepec park near the Chapultepec metro stop. The area is open from morning to late afternoon on Tuesdays through Sundays. Farther inside the park see the mural of the tragic event in the National Museum of History inside Chapultepec Castle.
Located in Polanco, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Avenida Presidente Masaryk and Chapultepec Park. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and Auditorio Nacional are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Zona Rosa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Angel of Independence Monument, Chapultepec Park, and Monumento a los Ninos Heroes. Castillo de Chapultepec and Torre Latinoamericana are also within 3 mi (5 km). Sevilla Station is 12 minutes by foot and Insurgentes Station is 12 minutes.
This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Museo de Arte Moderno, Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, and Castillo de Chapultepec. Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec and Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez are also within 9 mi (15 km). Chapultepec Station is 16 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 18 minutes.
Located in Reforma, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma and Diana the Huntress Fountain. Chapultepec Park and The Angel of Independence Monument are also within 15 minutes. Chapultepec Station is 7 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 7 minutes.
This family-friendly Mexico City hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Chapultepec Park and Avenida Presidente Masaryk. Auditorio Nacional and Parque Zoologico de Chapultepec are also within 15 minutes. Auditorio Station is 8 minutes by foot and Polanco Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Zona Rosa, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Angel of Independence Monument and U.S. Embassy. Museo de Cera and Chapultepec Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Insurgentes Station is 9 minutes by foot and Sevilla Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Reforma, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo de la Reforma, Monument to the Revolution, and Reforma 222. The Angel of Independence Monument and U.S. Embassy are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Cosme Station is 13 minutes by foot and Revolution Station is 14 minutes.
Located in La Condesa, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Chapultepec Park, Paseo de la Reforma, and Castillo de Chapultepec. Museo Nacional de Antropologia and The Angel of Independence Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km). Chapultepec Station is 6 minutes by foot and Juanacatlan Station is 11 minutes.