- The Beginnings of Freedom
Chile's independence was a complex and gradual process.
It all began in the 18th century when the ideas of the European Enlightenment penetrated Chilean society, sparking reflection on autonomy and freedom.
The situation was exacerbated by the influence of the Napoleonic Wars in Spain, which plunged the Chilean colony into political uncertainty.
- Key Players
Influential figures like Manuel Rodríguez and José Miguel Carrera were driving forces behind Chilean independence.
On September 18, 1810, an autonomous government was established in Santiago, marking a crucial milestone toward independence.
However, it was not until 1818, with the decisive victory at the Battle of Maipú, that Chile proclaimed full independence under the leadership of Bernardo O'Higgins.
Heritage and Identity
Chile's independence laid the foundation for the modern nation.
The annual celebration of September 18 is a constant reminder of the unwavering quest for freedom.
Today, Chile is a stable and thriving democracy in South America, reflecting the legacy of a nation born from the determination to free itself from Spanish colonial rule.