Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Día de Independencia AGAIN!

"Padre," you may be thinking to your self, "Didn't you just post a Día de Independencia post on November 3rd? 'sup wit you, anyway?" Well, Gentle reader, we have two Independence Days here in Panama. Today would technically be the first, for today we celebrate our independence from Spain, which took place on November 28, 1821. Símon Bolívar thought that Panama was a part of Central America and should become part of the Central American states, but the Panamanians had a meeting and tried to decide if they should be part of Gran Colombia (which included Venezuela), join up with Mexico, or perhaps become part of Peru. They decided to become part of Gran Colombia. It didn't quite work out, and there were three abortive attempts to separate from Colombia between 1830 and 1840. The final, successful independence from Colombia happened on November 3, 1903. So, two Independence Days, both with fireworks (the kids in our neighborhood blow up fireworks all year round).

1 comment:

Paul said...

The more reasons to party the better. Paddington Bear, quite sensibly, has two birthdays a year. Joy and freedom to all the people of Panama! Enjoy the pachanga tonight (assuming y'all will have one).

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