How Did We End Up With A Street Named Green?

I mean, you don’t see a street in the US named Jesus Rodriguez.

Idelfonso Green was born in Cabo San Lucas, on January 23rd, 1830. His father was Esteban Green, a British subject, and his mother was Jesus Ceseña Ojeda. His father passed away when Idelfonso was only five years old, and he was sent to San Jose to start elementary school. His mother married again when he was fourteen, and the family moved to San Jose in the California that’s north of the border. Two years later, he moved to New York where he went to medical school and acquired a wide knowledge of general culture.

Green moved back to Cabo San Lucas at the age of 23 and stayed. That year, a freelance pirate, William Walker, had the hair brained intention to create the Baja California Republic, separating it from the rest of the Mexican peninsula, and then join it to the united states. But Idelfonso knew something was fishy, so he gathered a group of men to fight these greedy north Americans, who wrongly thought the peninsula was helpless and that it would be easy to take over.

One year later, the outstanding bravery of Idelfonso Green and many other Choyeros, (native Los Cabos citizens),  was stronger than the selfishness of the invaders and they were defeated and thrown out. These events made people from Baja California Sur feel proud to be Mexicans, and realize they were in favor of being a part of a sovereign country.

After Green was known to be a brave gun man fighting foreign pirates, at the age of 27, he rose in arms again, this time with a liberal organization of ranchers, known as the “rifleros de Cabo San Lucas” (rifle means the same in English and Spanish, rifleros means a man who carries a rifle). Along this group, he defeated the conservationists and imposed constitutional order, supporting Teodoro Riveroll to govern the peninsula.

In the most difficult times of the Baja, Idelfonso Green stayed in the defending parties, always fighting against the French and their efforts to take the land. This group had been called “Batallón Cazadores de California”. Later on, in 1866 Pedro Magaña twisted the law to become the political chief: but Idelfonso wasn’t having it. He battled Magaña for nine days in Santiago, just north of San Jose, ad won and reestablished the legal order in the government.

In 1874, when Idelfonso was 44, Ramon Valdez did not recognize the political chief appointed by the beloved President Benito Juarez, and Green himself killed Valdez in defense of Baja Sur. He was also ordered to kill the prisoners taken in the fight, but Idelfonso refused, thinking they were too young and were fooled into participating in the revolt. He said he preferred not to shed the blood of the innocent.

When Porfirio Diaz became the president of the country, Idelfonso Green did not think he was respecting the wishes of the people, so he took a part in the 1879 revolution in El Triunfo, only a few miles from Cabo San Lucas,After defeating the federal troops, he was forced to retreat after hearing more troops were coming from Sonora and Sinaloa. Green moved north, to work in the mines until thing were quieter for him to go back to his beloved south California by the end of the nineteenth century and decided to work in the pearl oyster industry there.

Life worked out in a funny way, as Idelfonso watched Porfirio Diaz’s government fall in 1911, when he was 81. He was elected mayor of Los Cabos. He was then ordered to fight again after the death of Madero, but he wisely declined.

At the age of 86, he was placed in the constitutionalist army, with a large number of men, guns and horses. When Venustiano Carranza, (another street here), was elected president, Green was appointed to the army for three years. After that, he retired to his ranch in Santa Gertrudis, San Jose.

Idelfonso Green died at the age of 102, and buried in Cabo San Lucas. He then was dug up to be transferred to La Paz, to a place where famous south Californians are buried.

Fun Fact: he was best friends with El Zorro yes, the man who was portrayed by Antonio Banderas in the movie. Idelfonso was called El Patrio. Not as catchy as El Zorro.