Thursday 10th November 2016. Mes de la Patria celebrations.

November 11, 2016

panamamapNovember 10 is Los Santos Uprising Day in Panama. This public holiday commemorates the beginning of Panama’s struggle for independence from Spain in 1821.

The event that sparked an anti-Spanish uprising in La Villa de los Santos is known as Grito de La Villa de los Santos or the Gesture of Rufina Alfaro. Rufina Alfaro was a young woman who lived in a small village near Los Santos. On November 10, 1821 she led a group of Panamanians, shouting “Viva la Libertad” (Long live liberty). People armed with sticks and stones seized Spanish barracks without spilling a single drop of blood.

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