José Arturo Estrada Hernández, also known as El Charro del Mezquital was a mexican born in the countryside of Mexico, he became an assassin during the early years of the XIX century. Despite his huge interest and remarkable abilities with medicine, he was forced to leave school and join the liberal armies in the early Mexican Republic. During the constant war, José Arturo was introduced to the assassin's creed in Veracruz; with that, he decided to help his fellow mexicans to achieve true freedom.
Unfortunately, he couldn't achieve his dream of bringing the Assassin's Brotherhood to Mexico; he died around 1850 in the northern half of Mexico City.
Early life (1792-1813)Edit
In a small town called Chilcuautla, on the course of the Tula river that flows from the Zumpango lake, in the north of the Valle de México, there was a white church. Big enough to take care of the many towns and thorps in the Valle del Mezquital between Ixmiquilpan (a northern municipality) and Mixquiahuala (south from our town). The road that leads to Chilcuautla is made of dark volcanic rock and starts at a strong stone-made bridge with three arcs across the Tula river. From the main plaza, people could see all the valley: the small canyon with the river on it's bottom, the hills with garambullos, agaves, nopals and mesquites covering biznagas a many other cactuses. Also they could watch over the corn and alfalfa plantations all the way through Xitei up the mountains with the road to the west, to the towns called Alfajayucan and Cerro Azul. To the south, they could see the curvy roads to Tezcatepec.
In Chilcuautla, the heart of the valley, where many adobe houses around it's church, ruled by paulists monks. There was born the sixth son of seven, in the family of Luis Estrada the town's teacher and Guadalupe Hernández, José Arturo. His father died when José Arturo was twelve years old, ten years after the birth of the seventh son: Guadalupe. With this and the blatant support of their mother for the older men of the family, both were forced to give up the basic instruction given by their father and to help his older brothers as shepherds. As the years passed, José Arturo and Guadalupe knew every single part of the valley.
While both brothers were taking care of their sheeps, both liked to watch close to the fauna and flora around the place. In time, Guadalupe grew in sensibility until he became a well-known poet in the valley; José Arturo perfected his survival and his shooting skills with sling and later with simple guns. The first year, both took care of the herd by walking around the town; but then, they were given one horse to take the sheeps further. As José Arturo was older, he was the horseman and Guadalupe was able to ride on the rump just when he was too tired to keep up walking. With the practice, José Arturo became a very capable horseman and a well-known rider in rodeos and charreadas. In fact, because of his skills with horses he gained the nickname El Charro.
Every sunday all the family went to the noon mass and sat as closer as they could to the altar, for all in the valley were devoted catholic and prayed as the priests that ruled from the Chilcuautla church, a white temple dedicated to the Assumption of Mary built in front of the main plaza and kiosk. Every mass, José Arturo was more certain of the injustices of the priests with minor churches around the valley. This certainty was complete one wednesday of Holy Week, when he went to leave a message for Guillermo, his elder brother, at one of the bars around the main plaza.There, his brother was drinking pulque with his fellows and the priest; the group was talking about the crops of the year: "Padre, do you really wanna mess with us? You tell your little sissies down the hills of Tezcatepec to put another long ton of crops in our granary." Said Guillermo while he served another round of pulque to his fellows. The father just smiled and agreed, then he called his altar server. The kid was a cousin to the Estrada brothers, the people in town used to call him coyote for his extremely thin but strong body and his cleverness; but behind his back they used to say that while his family had hunger he had already eaten in the priest's rooms.
Coyote came to the bar and José Arturo saw him talk in secret with the priest, both were so serious that El Charro began to suspect. Then, the kid ran downhill to the river road by the gully east of Chilcuautla. José gave the message to Guillermo and left, his brother Manuel had his horses lost and something happened with the roosters at home. El Charro followed the Coyote to the gully and saw him chatting rapidly with some peasants covered by the shade of a huge nopal.