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Twelve children for the country

Some Mexican women, when they saw their husband dying in combat, arose in arms and continued the fight. This is what Agustina Ramirez did in 1859 after Sergeant Siberian Rodriguez succumbed during the capture of the Port of Mazatlan. Agustina, a humble woman from a small town, of poor and ignorant indigenous ancestors, quietly buried her heroic husband. With the same serenity and armed with deep conviction, he went with his twelve sons to the head of the Republican Forces and according to tradition said: "I give them to you, because when the country is in danger, the children do not correspond to parents". One by one the twelve children began to fall, one by one the mother began to receive them in the blood hospital in Mazatlan, where he faced with love and charity the invasion, caring for the wounded. The tradition tells that at the death of his last son he exclaimed: "Why God? I have no other husband or twelve children to continue defending the homeland of the invasion."

Some historians say that a thirteenth child actually survived, but the truth is that Agustina Ramírez died poor and forgotten. Some deputies say the congress required a lifetime pension, but the requests were not heard.