Photo: 192nd Year of Independence of Nicaragua
Today, all of Nicaragua is celebrating and rejoicing its 192-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 the President and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the Nicaraguan people on the 192nd anniversary of your nation’s independence on September 15. The United States shares the Nicaraguan people’s commitment to building a democratic, prosperous, and secure Nicaragua, and we look forward to continuing to work together with all Nicaraguans to achieve these important goals.
I wish the people of Nicaragua a festive and happy Independence Day celebration.