Oil painting of Francisco de Paula Santander. Original is located at the House of Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia.
Today is the anniversary of Bolivar and Santander triumph against Spain in the Battle of Boyacá, on August 7, 1819. In this battle, New Granada achieved its final independence of the Spanish monarchy.
Generals Francisco de Paula Santander, from Colombia, and José Antonio Anzoátegui from Venezuela Venezuela, led the joint armies aided by the British Legion to defeat in two hours the Spanish colonels José María Barreiro and Francisco Jimenez.
Colombia celebrates the Battle of Boyaca
Simon Bolivar gave himself credit for the victory, to the British Legion. On July 25, it took place the battle of Pantano de Vargas, which managed to weaken the Spanish troops.
Statue of Francisco de Paula Santander in Medellín.
New Granada Independence was sealed with these two battles, today Colombia. The Viceroyalty of New Granada and the Viceroyalty of Santa Fe were territories that belonged to the Spanish Empire, until the Battle of Boyacá.
Painting of the Battle of Boyaca, which resulted in the independence of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Panama from Spain;by Martin Tovar y Tovar.