Photo: 191st Year of Independence of Nicaragua
Today, all of Nicaragua is celebrating and rejoicing its 191-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 island with smallpox. Independence came in 1821 when Nicaragua declared itself independent from Spain as did four other Central American countries.
Nicaragua the largest Central American country in terms of land mass has a proud history of struggle and success. After years of military regimes, coups and wars the country is looking to become an eco-tourist center with its abundant natural beauty as the back drop. Today the Act of Independence of Central America is read in all state schools honoring the battle of San Jacinto with the Festival Nacional de Bandas Ritimicas as the highlight of independence day events.
The President and Secretary of State John Kerry sent their congratulations to the people of Nicaragua:
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Nicaragua as you celebrate 191 years of independence this September 15.
This is an opportunity for Nicaraguans young and old to rejoice in the proud heritage of the “land of lakes and volcanoes.” The people of the United States and Nicaragua are united through our close personal and economic ties, our rich cultural traditions, and our shared aspirations for a secure, democratic, and prosperous future.
As you celebrate with family and friends, know that we remain steadfast partners with the Nicaraguan people, and wish you heartfelt ¡Felicidades!