Today, all of Chile is celebrating and rejoicing its 202-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s with Ferdinand Magellan first sighting Chile in 1520. Chile started its path to Spanish independence on September 18, 1810 when a junta was established.
Chile has gifted the world with its natural beauty in the Patagonia region and the Andes mountain range. The country is especially proud of its vineyards and the Chilean red wine that it is renown for.
Today the country’s estimated 17 million residents will celebrate its independence with many parades with huasos – the traditional Chilean cowboy and lots of music. Chile’s food will be offered throughout the country in traditional stands from empanadas to asados.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their congratulatory remarks to the people of Chile:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Chile as you celebrate your independence this September 18th.
This year, we celebrate 200 years of U.S.-Chilean friendship and reflect on a relationship based on shared values, including a commitment to the rule of law, respect for human rights, and prosperity through open trade. Whether we are working together to monitor earthquakes and glaciers, or looking into deep space from Chile’s world-class observatories, our joint efforts continue to advance scientific knowledge and improve the lives of people around the world. And our relationship is enriched by the many long-standing educational and professional exchange programs that build bridges between Chilean and U.S. students, scholars, and professionals.
As you celebrate with family and friends, know that the United States is a partner and friend and we look forward to continued friendship and collaboration.