Today, all of Ecuador is celebrating and rejoicing its 201-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations . The fight for independence started in 1809 but only lasted for 24 days. Some 13 years Antonio Jose de Sucre with Simon Bolivar, who lead Venezuela’s and Colombia’s independence movement, made their way to Ecuador and led a two year battle against the Spanish to cement Ecuador’s independence.
Ecuador, part of the former Inca Empire, is home to 14 million people and home to the world ecological treasure the Galapagos Islands. The country will celebrate with military parades, music concerts and cultural exhibitions.