Happy Colombian Independence Day
Colombian Independence Day is celebrated annually on the 20th July. The event marks the day that, in 1810, the residents of Bogotá were stirred into protesting on the streets against Spanish rule. A limited independence, later made permanent, was decreed in the country, freeing Colombia from the Spanish.
The riot was incited under unusual circumstances, although it is said the plan was pre-devised. The plan was that a selection of Bogotanos would ask Spanish merchant Joaquín Gonzalez Llorente for a flower vase. It was assumed – correctly – that Llorente, an uncharitable man, would refuse. This refusal would grant an excuse to begin the riot. Accounts differ over whether Llorente rudely denied the request or not but the end result was the same: the patriots took to the streets claiming Llorente had been rude and an already bubbling population finally boiled over the edge.