Today in Latin American History
Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, & Costa Rica Declared Independence in 1821
Photo: Central America
Today in Latin American history, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, & Costa Rica declared independence in 1821.
Known as the Captaincy General of Guatemala, the Captaincy was an administrative division in Spanish America which covered much of Central America, a Popular Assembly was called by the City Council which included deputies from the provinces and the citizenry of Guatemala declared independence and the Deed of Declaration of Independence was signed and proclaimed.
This region had been formally subject to New Spain throughout the colonial period, but as a practical matter was administered separately.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, President of the Primera Junta & the Junta Grande (current-day Argentina) Cornelio Saavedra was born in 1759
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Mexico Porfirio Díaz who ruled as a dictator for 35 years was born in 1830
- Today in LatAm history, Charles Darwin aboard the HMS Beagle reached Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands in 1835
- Today in LatAm history, Guatemalan José Francisco Morazán who was President of the Central American Federation died in 1842
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Chile Carlos Dávila who was in office in 1932 was born in 1887
- Today in LatAm history, former President of Argentina Fernando de la Rúa who was in office in 1999-01 was born in 1937
- Today in LatAm history, Guatemalan baseball player Carlos Ruiz, aka Chooch, who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies was born in 1979
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican trumpet virtuoso Rafael Mendez known as one of the best trumpeters died in 1981