Long live Christ the King and Saint Mary of Guadalupe! This was the battle cry of those who took up arms from 1926 to 1929 in this area. There wasn’t a family in El Alto that didn’t have a member of their family fighting for the cause and militating with the rebels.
In Tepatitlán, the Cristero leader “Güero” Mónico Velázquez laid siege to the city, defended by Quirino Navarro, but the rebels ran out of park and had to leave the square.
A great figure of the Cristero War was from Tepatitlán: Anacleto González Flores. Today we find streets named after him. He was the ideologue of the struggle for religious freedom, and peaceful. As Mahatma Gandhi, of whom he was an admirer, he never took up arms and preached passive resistance until paying with his life.
On the streets of Tepatitlan the cruelest combat of the whole war took place, and Father Vega destroyed a body of the army of the General Saturnino Cedillo, also in charge of the General Pablo Rodriguez, who left more than 3,000 corpses of soldiers and agrarianists lying on the streets, and as they were deceived by the promise of giving them lands in Los Altos, the rebels threw fists of earth on their faces and said to them -Wine for land? Take it!
Here in Tepatitlán, the true armistice was signed in the Plaza de Armas that put an end to the hostilities, although not to the murders of the already amnestied Cristeros. More people died after the ceasefire than in all the combats together.
(Part of the information taken from: https://www.tepatitlan.gob.mx/historia/ )
We are the first municipality in the country that produces animal protein, with more than 20 million birds in lay, with 15 million eggs per day, and which generate 6,000 direct jobs; 7 million chickens per year for the plate; 65,000 heads of dairy cattle; 75,000 heads of beef cattle; 200,000 pig bellies that produce more than 2.5 million pigs per year.
Primary: (35%) Poultry, Agriculture, (Agave, Corn, Sorghum, Induced Pastures) Dairy and Meat Cattle, Swine, Ovine.
Secondary: Food industry (dairy, meat, eggs), quilts and comforters industry, manufacturing of poultry and agricultural implements, metal-mechanical industry, distillation of tequila, agave honey, inulin.
Tertiary: Commerce and services: (hotels, transportation, gastronomy)
The carnitas: This recipe was passed on from parents to children, and the good carnitas of today are still fried as in times past. Tasting them with refried beans, salsa with a recipe that is also their own, and guacamole, makes your mouth water….
Baked chamorros are another highly appreciated specialty, as well as the “birria dorada” offered at the Mercado Centenario, which are delicacies for delicate palates, as are the cheeses of diverse varieties that are made here.
Capirotada: A very typical dish of the Alteña’s gastronomy and of the times of Lent, whose recipe has been practiced and preserved by generations. Composed with bread, honey based on piloncillo and cinnamon, peanuts, raisins, cheese, tortilla…