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Ecuador's Flag

Ecuador’s Flag

Ecuador celebrates Independence Day on May 24th each year.  Then August 10th rolls around, and Ecuador celebrates Independence Day again!  I always ponder the August 10th notices and ask myself, “Didn’t we already have Independence Day?”

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Las Peñas Hill – Guayaquil Ecuador

Ecuador celebrates many Independence holidays!

From Wilkipedia: “On October 9, 1820, Guayaquil became the first city in Ecuador to gain its independence from Spain. On May 24, 1822, the rest of Ecuador gained its independence after Antonio José de Sucre defeated the Spanish Royalist forces at the Battle of Pichincha, near Quito.”

From Latin American History:  ” …Ask anyone from Quito, and they’ll tell you that the August 10 movement was the spark that kicked off the Independence movement in Latin America and that the brief government of the citizens of Quito was the first republic in the New World  … Quito’s struggle for independence would successfully come to an end on May 24, 1822, when Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre defeated royalist forces at the Battle of Pichincha.”  

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The “Foundation of Quito” is celebrated on December 6th (1534) while Cuenca celebrates her independence (1820) on November 3rd.

The night skies will be celebrating this weekend as well.  If your skies are clear, look up after midnight and wish on a few of the Perseid meteors!

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