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Mexico and most of Central America celebrate Independence Day

Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2019. 9:26 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Independence Day for Belize is still six days away, but similar celebrations are winding down across much of Central America tonight and starting up in Mexico on Monday.

Today, September 15, is shared as Independence Day in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Mexico observes theirs tomorrow, September 16.

Later tonight the Mexican President will, as is traditional, read the Grito de Dolores, the rallying cry for independence from Spain, which set off the ten year war for independence up to 1821.

Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry of independence (El Grito de la Independencia) in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico.

There is no scholarly agreement on Hidalgo’s exact words, but his speech – the cry of Dolores – was made on September 16, 1810 to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico’s independence was not declared until September 28, 1821.

Meanwhile, the Central American republics except for Panama seceded from Spain on September 15, 1821.

A happy Independence Day to all our neighbors.

 

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