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ENGLISH On September 15, the most important date in Central American history is celebrated. 198 years ago, in Guatemala City, negotiations were concluded with the signing of a document that would allow for the official emancipation of Central American countries from the Spanish crown, and mark a fundamental stage in the arduous path towards independence and political and social development. As an example of pride and patriotism, private and governmental organizations celebrate the national flag throughout the month of September, school parades and traditional dances cover the main streets. Patriotism is carried inside and those of us who live abroad also celebrate our cultural roots with great pride.

Fun facts The Act of Independence was signed in the Royal Palace of Guatemala City, currently in Centennial Park. The legendary Palace disappeared due to earthquakes between 1917 and 1918.

was iron, over time and humidity, the color has turned brown due to oxidation. The copy of the original record receives special care to prevent sunlight, insects and moisture from causing any damage, for example, it is kept at a temperature between 18 °C to 24 °C. Before independence, the Kingdom of Guatemala was constituted by the current republics of Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica; in addition to the current Mexican state of Chiapas and the Panamanian provinces of Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro. After achieving independence from the Spanish kingdom, Central America briefly joined the first Empire of Mexico, this union ended with the fall of Emperor Iturbide on July 1, 1823, when free, sovereign and independent Central American nations were declared.

There are two original manuscripts, some in the general archive of Central America in Guatemala and the other in a safe.

The flags of Central American countries have something in common. They are based on what the flag was of the unit provinces and that is why they still retain colours such as blue, white or light blue.

The news and copies of the independence act took days to reach the other Central American provinces, San Salvador arrived on September 21, Nicaragua on September 22, Honduras on September 28 and Costa Rica on October 13.

The Central American torch travels throughout Central America since 1960. It begins the tour on September 1 in Guatemala, until arriving in Costa Rica on September 15. It symbolizes independence and union of the Central American nations.

The official paper used to write the minutes is 100% original with real stamps, the ink was black, but as the main ingredient of the ink

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Latinos Magazine September 2019  

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Latinos Magazine September 2019  

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