Today is a national holiday in Ecuador called: “El grito de Independencia” (The first cry of Independence.) We remember the first attempt at independence against the Spain reigned by Joseph Bonaparte.
When I was younger, It always confused me why we needed to celebrate an effort that was not successful, but with help of history, I learned that August 10, 1809 uprising in Quito marked the beginning of a series of wars that would bring the eventual independence of other neighbor cities. In May 24, 1822, Quito was finally independent after the Spanish forces were defeated at the Battle of Pichincha.
So, August 10 for me is celebrating the determination, the courage and heroism. “El grito de Independencia” teaches me that success is subjective, and is not always measured by the accomplisment; success can also be doing something about what you believe in and trying, trying hard. August 10, 1809 is a day to be celebrated because it was the beginning of the end of the Spanish dominance in the area now called Ecuador. The uprising was one of the first ones in the continent, and planted seeds of independence in other lands. It was a succesful day!