Today Chile celebrates its Independence Day.
How does that find its way on this blog? Well, one of the languages offered in the here at the Kasiga School is Spanish, taught by Carolina Hahn from Chile. At the morning assembly, it was she who enlightened us about this country and its rich history.
Here is an excerpt from the her speech…
Independence Day is a very special day for any country. It makes people remember their history, roots, and you cannot help but examine who you are. Today, September 18th, is the anniversary of the independence of my country, Chile.
From the moment America was discovered in 1492, the Spanish ruled over almost the whole continent. As they explored, they found native tribes all around, but the Spanish did not find much opposition, since the natives thought them to be gods, with their horses and shiny armor. Thus they started their campaign, and established cities, converted the natives to Christianity, and so on.
The only tribe that gave problems to the Spanish was the Mapuches, people who lived in the south of Chile, and for around 300 years there was conflict.
Finally, on September 18th 1810, a group of men got together in a special meeting, and declared the independence of Chile in a document. Is this day when we celebrate one more birthday of our country, which is now 202 years old.
My only thought on this day is that I am proud to be from where I am, as anybody should be proud of their roots and identity. Respect your country, and whichever country you’re living in if you are away. Never take your freedom for granted; just think, you can have control over your life, where you live, work, and travel… you can have your own opinion for everything that happens around you, nobody dictates your actions or thoughts. This is something that is precious and too valuable to even think of a price. Independence Day also makes me value peace, tolerance and respect for one another; in this way there will be more understanding, and less war and conflict among nations.
Facts about Chile
Independence Day: September 18th
Capital: Santiago (founded in 1540)
Official language: Spanish
National flower: Copihue (usually red, or white, with the shape of a bell)
National animals: Condor, Huemul
Neighbor countries: Perú (to the north), Bolivia (to the northeast), Argentina (to the east)
Area: 756,096.3 km2
Type of Government: Unitary Republic.
Current President: Sebastián Piñera