Thursday, September 23, 2010

Grito de Lares

1868 Lares Revolutionay Flag

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Wikipedia: Grito de Lares - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a cool event (to me) because this is my ancestral hometown. On September 23, 1868 Lares, Puerto Rico was declared a Republic, independent from Spanish rule. The rebellion was crushed immediately, but is still remembered mostly by college students too happy to take the day off (it isn’t an official holiday because the political elements that participated in the rebellion were later considered to be of the “evil doer” persuasion) and by delusional political types that want to turn Puerto Rico into a 1950s Cuba clone.

Even cooler is that literally everyone in my family has a 100% opposite political alignment to the types that supported the “Republic.”