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Hispanic Heritage Month 2014: Central America Independence Day

Hispanic Heritage Month 2014: Central America Independence Day

Posted by Liliana Castaño on September 15, 2014

With a declaration by Central American Criollos on Sept. 15, 1821, five countries announced their independence from Spain. The date would later signify the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.

The five Central American countries -- Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua -- are celebrating 193 years of independence. While the five countries would be recognized by different names over the next several decades, including the Federal Republic of Central America and the Greater Republic of Central America, the countries would later mold their own and respective sovereign territories.

According to the White House, this year's theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month is "Hispanics: A Legacy of History, a Present of Action and a Future of Success." President Barack Obama and his administration have made attempts to improve partnerships with the five Central American countries. In regards to better collaboration with El Salvador, Obama said in March 2013 the region is "on the move" and "ready to assume a greater role in world affairs."

"And for all these reasons, I believe that Latin America is more important to the prosperity and security of the United States than ever before. With no other region does the United States have so many connections. And nowhere do we see that more than in the tens of millions of Hispanic Americans across the United States, who enrich our society, grow our economy and strengthen our nation every single day," said Obama.

 
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