Benito Juárez ; 21 March 1806 – 18 July 1872) born Benito Pablo Juárez García, was a Mexican lawyer and politician of Zapotec origin from Oaxaca who served as the president of Mexico for five terms: 1858–1861 as interim, then 1861–1865, 1865–1867, 1867–1871 and 1871–1872 as constitutional president. He resisted the French occupation of Mexico, overthrew the Second Mexican Empire, restored the Republic, and used liberal efforts to modernize the country.
Benito Juárez was born on 21 March 1806 in a small adobe home in the village of San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca, located in the mountain range now known as the “Sierra Juárez”. His parents, Marcelino Juárez and Brígida García, were peasants who both died of complications of diabetes when he was three years old. Shortly after, his grandparents died as well, and his uncle then raised him.He described his parents as “indios de la raza primitiva del país,” that is, “Indians of the primitive race of the country.” He worked in the corn fields and as a shepherd until the age of 12, when he walked to the city of Oaxaca de Juárez to attend school. At the time, he could only speak Zapotec.
In the city, where his sister worked as a cook, he took a job as a domestic servant for Antonio Maza. A lay Franciscan, Antonio Salanueva, was impressed with young Benito’s intelligence and thirst for learning, and arranged for his placement at the city’s seminary.
Today Benito Juárez is remembered as being a progressive reformer dedicated to democracy, equal rights for his nation’s indigenous peoples, his antipathy toward organized religion, especially the Catholic Church, and what he regarded as defense of national sovereignty.
Learning all this as a kid I truly admire him,making him my lifetime hero. He went through a lot of struggles and obstacles but he set his mind to victory and conquer them. In my opinion he is a true example of a leader in his country (Mexico) and in the world. He work for his people and fought for his people to make a TRUE CHANGE.
He is my inspiration to keep me in school because being raised in the same state in which he was born made realize that everything is possible you just need to never stop trying. Also progression is not an opinion.
It makes me really upset that many people do not know who he is because with out him the world would not be the same. I hope you learn something from this.
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