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19 de Abril de 1810

20 April 2010

Mexico isn’t the only former Spanish colony that took advantage of the confused situation in Spain caused by the imposition of Joseph Bonaparte on the Spanish throne, and the squabbling resistance movements on the Peninsula that — all claiming to be THE legitimate Spanish government — left colonial loyalists in doubt as to who they really served.

Venezuela dates the start of their Independence from the Caracas Junta of 19 April 1810.  The Junta originally swore its allegiance to Ferdinand VII, the heir of the despised and deposed Carlos IV, but — persuaded by Simón Bolivar — set their sights on self-determination.

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