Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa hailed the return to his country of thousands of archaeological pieces from Italy, the European nation where he broadcast Saturday his traditional weekly activity report, which was retransmitted to this Andean country.
A day like today was fought the Battle of Pichincha which takes it name from the volcano near Quito who was the scenery of this militarly dispute between the forces of the Gran Colombia leaded by Antonio José de Sucre and Andrés de Santa Cruz against the Spanish troops of Aymerich.
Sucre’s forces couldn’t enter Quito, the Capital of the Real Audiencia de Quito by the main access of the valleys as the Spanish were waiting for them so they decide to climb the mountain and that’s where the troops fought. The troops were very diverse, there were colombians from the battalion Alto Magdalena, British and Irish from the Albion, Peruvians from Cazadores del Yapa and of course venezuelan, neogranadian and many volunteers from Guayaquil that freed itself by 1820.
The consequences were even more important, Aymerich retreat meant that the territories of the Real Audiencia passed to the Gran Colombia. And it was capital to late ensure the incorporation of Cuenca and later Guayaquil to the new country.