Posted on September 12, 2005 by Henriette Langdon
Mid-September to mid-October marks the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries that include Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Chile. and Brazil. Living in California, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas makes it somewhat easier to remember that Mexico gained its independence from Spanish ruling on September 16, 1810. The movement was accomplished through the efforts of leader Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, almost 200 years ago. A table at the end of this column includes listings of other leaders of independence of several Latin American countries.
The Webster dictionary defines INDEPENDENCE as “the state of quality of being independent, freedom from the influence, control, or determination of another or others.” It is a term frequently used to refer to one’s ability to manage one’s life as well as being applied to the fundamental rulings of governments. Regrettably but realistically, the course of civilization has been lead by wars and fights to gain independence from other governing parties. Read More »