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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