Day in Colombia
Quiñones from Colombia
Colombia, we have a special holiday every year. We
celebrate our Independence Day to remember our
history; and on this holiday, the people in
Colombia don't work.
the 19th century, 400 years after Christopher
Colombus (Colon) discovered the New World (the
continent of America), Colombia was governed by
Spain. The people couldn't have a government place
(a congress) because they were born in America.
August 7th, 1819, the Colombian people fought the
last battle at Boyaca's bridge and the patriot army
won it. The Spanish army had a lot of cannons,
guns, rifles, horses and soldiers. The patriot
soldiers had only spades, knives, and lances
(simple weapons) because they were a very poor
army. They didn't have uniforms; they looked like
homeless people because they had walked from
Venezuela and they had crossed the Andes mountains.
lot of soldiers died from cold temperatures and the
rest were very tired, but they has a strong faith.
Their commander was Simon Bolivar who liberated
five countries in South America. He was born in
Venezuela, but he lived many years in Colombia and
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