Photo: Chile Independence Day
Today, all of Chile is celebrating and rejoicing its 203-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 extend warm wishes to the people of Chile as you celebrate your Independence Day on September 18.
The United States-Chile partnership is grounded in a shared commitment to democracy, economic prosperity, open markets, sustainable development, and the welfare of our people. Our regional cooperation is particularly strong. We will continue to work together to protect the environment, promote the development of renewable energy, enhance people-to-people connections, and support peace and prosperity in the hemisphere.
The United States wishes you a safe, happy and prosperous year to come. Feliz Dieciocho.