We are free!

This image above is the Declaration of Independence of Peru signed on July 15th  and proclaimed on July 28th, 195 years ago (1821). I can’t remember if I ever saw it in person. However, to see the picture today and when I think of what I celebrate, I feel moved to share the result of the suffering of so many that wanted this for us.

Jose de San Martin was an Argentine general. He made his career in the Spanish army and came back to South America to support and lead the liberation of Argentina, Chile and Peru from the Spanish Empire. After a series of wars that started 10 years earlier, he proclaimed the independence of Peru. Finally, after 300 years!

The public declaration in front of more than 16,000 people was: “Peru is in this moment free and independent because of the general will of its people and the justice of its cause that God defends. Long live the Homeland! Long live the freedom! Long live the independence!”

At the end of the written Declaration, it is said: “All the attendees and satisfied by the opinion of the inhabitants of the capital said that the general will is greatly determined to declare the independence of Peru from the Spanish and any kind of foreign domination.”

Our independence is real! Though now we fight against corruption, I am glad we can sing the chorus of our national anthem:

We are free!

May we always be so, may we always be so!

and let the lights be denied before

the lights, the lights…of the sun!

Before we break the solemn vow

which the homeland elevated to the Eternal,

Before we break the solemn vow

which the homeland elevated to the Eternal.

Before we break the solemn vow

which the homeland elevated to the Eternal.

Long live PERU!

Sources: RPP Noticias and others.


Published by Esteban Quevedo

I am a full-time observer. I enjoy reading while having a cup of coffee. I am an amateur runner. I love listening to silence and most of all: getting lost in time.

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