Battle Of Boyaca Day
The Battle of Boyaca Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on August 7th and commemorates the battle of Boyaca. This battle is considered to be the beginning of the independence of the North of South America and was fought between Newgranadians and Spanish forces on August 7, 1819. This battle would go on to last for two hours and the combined republican army of Newgranadians would carry the day. Winning this battle ensured the liberation of New Granada.
A Brief Overview Of The Battle Of Boyaca
Simón Bolívar began a campaign to end Spanish rule in New Granada in 1819 and his campaign culminated with the Battle of Boyaca. When Bolivar secured a marginal victory at the Battle Of Vargas Swamp-both his army and the Spanish headed towards Bogata-an area that was lightly defended. The capture of the capital by the Patriot Army would have cut off the advance of the republican army.
The Spanish took positions at the bridge over the Teatinos river and the Spanish rearguard was still several kilometers behind. Simón Bolívar’s forces flanked the Spanish rearguard, while battalions Barcelona and Bravos de Paez attacked the right flanks. Several of the Spanish commanders would be captured along with 1,600 Spanish troops.
Observing The Battle Of Boyaca Day
This holiday is celebrated all over Colombia with festivals, special events, and parades. There are usually military processions and ceremonies that allow homage to be paid to fallen soldiers. In Bogata, celebrations usually begin the previous day thanks to the fact that the annual carnival that commemorates the anniversary foundation on August 6, 1538, begins.