HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, ECUADOR!
¡FELIZ DÍA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA, ECUADOR!
On 10 August 1809, a group of revolutionaries (which included Manuela Cañizares and other women) delivered a letter to the French-imposed Spanish representative in Quito, inviting him to step down. This is considered the First Cry of Independence in Latin America – and thus earns Quito the nickname, “Luz de América” (Light of America).
There are many sites in Quito associated with this momentous act – and even a few myths. You may learn about some of them at my blog article:
5 Sites, 2 Myths : THE FIRST CRY OF INDEPENDENCE
[Recently, though, I learned another twist to one of the myths. In fact, the first criollo city in South America to declare its independence was not Quito – but rather Chuquisaca, Bolivia – on 25 May 1809, over two months before Quito did! (https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independencia_de_Bolivia)]
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Today, let us take a poetic journey to Quito, the capital of Ecuador.
Throw yourself together some gooey s’mores (for in the US, it is National S’mores Day – and if you don’t know how to make them, you can find the recipe here : http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/smoresday.htm) …
… and tune into the composition “Suite Andine” by Chilean Carlos Lavín Acevedo (who was born 10 August 1883):