News Center -TDO- An event was held in Ankara Atakule on Guatemala's Independence Day, hosted by Jairo David Estrada Barrios, Guatemala's Ambassador to Turkey.
At the event, which was attended by very few guests due to the Coronavirus outbreak, photos of Guatemala and a continent from the national anthem were shared on the main screen of the mall entrance with the inscription Guatemala National Day in Atakule.
Guatemala, which gained its independence from Spanish rule on September 15, 1821, was once the heart of the Maya civilization that stretched across Mesoamerica.
Most of the country was conquered by the Spanish conqueror Pedro de Alvarado in the first half of the 16th century and became part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain.
In the first decade of the nineteenth century, Spain was weakened by its involvement in the Peninsular War in Europe, and local juntas were created as local Spaniards rebelled against the rule of King Joseph, Napoleon's brother, who was appointed ruler of Spain by the French in 1808.
This taste of independent rule continued after King Ferdinand's arrival on the Spanish throne, and on September 15, 1821, The Central American Act of Independence was proclaimed by the province of Guatemala.
Following independence, and despite El Salvador's opposition, the territories became part of the Mexican Empire until it became the Federal Republic of Central America in 1823.