Photo: Argentina's Independence Day
Today, all of Argentina is celebrating and rejoicing its 196-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the region with disease.
Then news of the French and American Revolution inspired liberal ideas in the region among Latin American intellectuals and politicians. The fight for independence officially started on May 25, 1810 with the Argentina War of Independence being fought from 1810 to 1818 under military heroes: Manuel Belgrano, Juan Jose Castelli and Jose de San Martin.
Argentina Independence Day is a public holiday and the day is known as the Acta de la Declaración de la Independencia. This was the day that the Congress of Tucuman passed a resolution declaring Argentina’s independence from Spain official. The declaration of independence also included modern day Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia.
President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent their congratulatory remarks to the people of Argentina:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to Argentines as you celebrate your independence day this July 9.
Argentina and the United States share important common values that have helped shape and strengthen our relationship. We are committed to strengthening democracy and promoting fundamental freedoms. We are working to expand social inclusion, promote scientific excellence, and increase the exchange of students and scholars between our countries.
I hope you enjoy the locro and asados during your Independence Day celebrations. As you celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend.