Monday, September 15, 2008

Rio Dulce Celebrates Independence Day

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Independence Day was celebrated throughout Central America today and Rio Dulce was no exception. A large parade through town began at 8:30 AM which included many groups of marching school children, each in uniform or dressed in festive colors. There were also floats carrying the "Queens" of each school and class. After the parade, festivities began at each school with students putting on choreographed dances and acrobatic acts similar to the practiced routines performed by cheer leading teams. These festivities went on for hours. They finished shortly after midday at the main school in Fronteras and then festivities began at the smaller schools, finishing up around 5:30 PM.

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During colonial times, from the 1500s until 1821, Central America was governed by Spain through the Captaincy General of Guatemala. The capitol was in what is now Antigua, Guatemala. On September 15, 1821, the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, consisting of Chiapas, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras officially proclaimed its independence from Spain and its incorporation into the Mexican Empire. The incorporation with Mexico lasted only two years and all broke away except Chiapas, which remained with Mexico.

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