El Pípila is the nickname of a local hero of the city of Guanajuato in Mexico. (1782–1863) Pípila was a miner, became famous for an act of heroism near the very beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. On 28 September 1810 in Guanajuato, the Spanish barricaded themselves in a grain warehouse. The granary was a stone fortress with high stone walls, but its wooden door proved to be a shortcoming. With a long, flat stone tied to his back to protect him from the muskets of the Spanish troops, Pípila carried tar and a torch to the door of the Alhóndiga and set it on fire. The insurgents – who far outnumbered the Spanish in the warehouse – stormed inside and killed all the soldiers and the civil Spanish refugees.