What does Ecuador remember on August 10 ?

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!




One thought on “What does Ecuador remember on August 10 ?

  1. lasertest says:

    Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit
    and sources back to your website? My blog is in the very same area
    of interest as yours and my visitors would truly benefit from a lot
    of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with
    you. Cheers!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s