February 12th 1818: Chilean Declaration of Independence
this day in 1818, Chile officially issued its Declaration of Independence from Spanish rule, following the initial declaration of September 1810. Desire
for independence had been on the rise in Chile for a number of years,
fueled by international independence movements, disaffection with the
corrupt Spanish-appointed governor, and the political turmoil following
Napoleon’s invasion of Spain and the capture of the Spanish king.
Following Argentina’s declaration of independence in May 1810, the
governor arrested patriots including the Chilean Bernardo de Vera
Pintado, prompting outrage in Chile. Citizens demanded a say in their
future, and 300 leading Chileans gathered for a meeting. Many of the attendees were Spaniards living in Chile, and
disagreements over the question of independence divided the meeting. It
was finally resolved that Chile, like Argentina, would establish an
independent government, but remain nominally loyal to the exiled King
Fernando VII. Count Mateo de Toro y Zambrano was named President, and
the new junta set about establishing a national Congress and military.
However, royalists vociferously opposed the declaration - which put
Chile resolutely on the path to total independence - and the next decade
saw bloody warfare between those who advocated full independence, and
those who wanted to remain within the Spanish Empire. In 1814, Spanish
troops reconquered Chile, but the oppressive rule of Spanish loyalists
reinvigorated the independence movement. The tide turned in favour of
the patriots, who retook Chile in 1818, when they defeated the last
large Spanish force in the Battle of Maipú, and issued a formal
declaration of independence on February 12th. The wars came to a close with the expulsion
of royalists in 1821, and the surrender of the last Spanish troops in
1826. Chilean independence was therefore secured, though not formally
recognised by Spain until 1844.
So I bought the Essential Guide for my daughter (TOTALLY NOT FOR ME) today! All the Eleteo makes my HEART sing!!! Mateo’s character spread is literally covered with Eleteo scenes!
And A FREAKING ELETEO SPREAD ENTITLED “MAGICAL KINGDOM”?! Like A ELETEO DEDICATED SECTION! CALLED👏MAGICAL👏KINGDOM👏!!
With the quote from Spellbound: “It’s not just about how many spells you know”. You know… the one that starts off the song where Elena Sings to Mateo about how special he is AND HOW SHE NEEDS HIM BY HER SIDE. Yeah.. that part where she holds his hand and says that she needs him AT👏HER👏SIDE👏……!!!!!
All Hail Queen Elena and Wizard King Mateo as they rule their Magical Kingdom!! 😍😍😍
Mateo: Probably something quick and strong like a jaguar!
Elena: Or a monkey! Yaaaayyyy!
Zanies: All hail Wizard King Mateo!
Cacahuate: But what if I blow it again?
Elena: What if you don’t? You can’t let fear of failing stop you. You just have believe you can do this. Now I vowed to do whatever it took to save my friend, so I’m going out there whether you come or not!
Cacahuate: I think I have a plan that isn’t a complete waste of time.
Elena: Look at you being all positive!
Elena: I am Elena! Queen of the Zanies!
Zanies: Queen? We don’t have a queen.
Elena: You do now! Isn’t that right KING Mateo?
Mateo: Uh, yes that’s right princess– I mean QUEEN Elena!
Zanies: Whoa! We have a king AND a queen!
Elena: Yes! And I’d like to take a walk with MY king.
Mateo: Oh mighty chanul! Thank you for honoring me with your guidance.