Photo: Argentina's Independence Day
Today, all of Argentina is celebrating and rejoicing its 197-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 John Kerry sent their congratulatory remarks to the people of Argentina:
On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I send best wishes to the people of Argentina as they celebrate their Independence Day this July 9.
The citizens of our two nations have a long history of productive and friendly relations, highlighted by educational and cultural exchanges and fruitful collaboration in the fields of science, technology, health, space, and energy.
The determination expressed by the patriots gathered at the Casa de Tucuman, to forge a free and independent nation, is a fundamental human longing, and one we share.
On this day, the United States wishes Argentina a happy celebration.
We look forward to working together to cultivate a strong bilateral relationship in the years to come.