Photo: Argentina's Independence Day
Today, all of Argentina is celebrating and rejoicing its 198-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.
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry sent their congratulatory remarks to the people of Argentina:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Argentina as you celebrate your Independence Day on July 9.
Our countries have enjoyed 200 years of common interests and shared values. My ancestor, John Murray Forbes, served as a U.S. diplomat in Argentina soon after independence came to the Rio de la Plata region and modern Argentina was born. He stood alongside your forefathers as they built a strong foundation for democracy, peace, and shared prosperity.
The United States is proud to be Argentina’s partner in educational and cultural exchanges, science and technology, clean energy development, and space exploration. We share a commitment to strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and expanding social inclusion.
The United States wishes all Argentines not only a joyful celebration of your independence, but also good luck to the Albiceleste team in the World Cup.