The 24th of May is the day of the Battle of Pichincha, a battle which took place nearly 200 years ago, in 1822.
The battle was a very important one in the country’s history. It was fought on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano – hence the name – at an elevation of roughly 3500 meters above sea level.
This brought the liberation of Quito, as well as the many different Ecuadorian provinces which were grouped together under the colonial government. In it General Antonio José de Sucre, who fought for the Patriot army, came to clash with a Royalist army under the command of Field Marshall Melchor Aymerich.
As a result of the battle, the people of Quito were able to claim independence and set up their own government, which later became the local and central point for all jurisdictional matters.
The people called their new home the Republic of Ecuador and started a new and exciting chapter in their own lives and the history of their country.