Ecuador Independence Day

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2019 DateAugust 10, 2019
2020 DateAugust 10, 2020
Ecuador Independence Day

Ecuador Independence Day History

Ecuador Independence Day celebrates the beginning of a process to gain independence from Spain. On this day in 1809, notable patriots who had formed a group called Junta Soberana de Quito informed the president of the Real Audiencia de Quito (the administrative unit set up by the Spanish colonizers) that he was relieved of his duties. This act was obviously not taken lightly by Spain. This event is known as El Primer Grito de Independencia (first cry for independence). It was one of the first steps in the fight for independence in Latin America. For that reason Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is called Luz de América (Light of America).

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Ecuador Independence Day Facts

  • Ecuador is one of the countries with the highest biodiversity on the planet. Despite being around the same size as the state of Arizona, it's more biodiverse than the entire United States. Moreover, for most groups of organisms, Ecuador has more species than the United States and Canada.
  • The Ecuadorian flag is yellow, blue and red. The yellow is for the gold, agriculutre and other resources. The blue is for the ocean. The red is for the blood shed by heroes who fought for the country.
  • The most famous American of Ecuadorian descent is artist Christina Aguilera.

Ecuador Independence Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Prepare the Ecuadorian dish Fanesca. This soup is traditionally served during Holy Week. Go here for ingredients and directions.
  • Watch the 1999 movie Ratas, ratones, rateros. It's about a petty thief in Ecuador whose life changes after a visit from his cousin, an ex-convict. The movie was nominated for a Spanish Goya Award.
  • Start reading the book Bodega Dreams by Ecuadorian-American author Esnesto Quiñonez.

Ecuador Independence Day References and Related Sites

Documenting Biodiversity In Ecuador
Parlamento Andino

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