R 243
2020 -- H 8109
Enacted 07/16/2020

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Alzate, Giraldo, Shekarchi, Johnston, and Filippi
Date Introduced: July 16, 2020

     WHEREAS, In 1499, the Spanish arrived in what is now Colombia and founded the first
permanent settlement in 1510, as part of Spain's colonial empire in the Americas; and
     WHEREAS, In the 1800s, as Napoleon began invading many European countries,
including Spain, patriots in Colombia and all over South America rose in rebellion against their
Spanish rulers; and
     WHEREAS, Cartagena, first declared its independence from Spain before the actual
country itself did so. Eventually, when Bogotá rebelled on July 20th, 1810, the Vice Royalty of
New Granada was forced to grant a temporary independence from Spain, which became the first
step in the process of Colombia earning permanent independence, and culminated with the Battle
of Boyacá in 1819, where Simón Bolívar triumphantly liberated New Granada, which is now
Colombia, and secured the eventual independence of northern South America; and
     WHEREAS, Today, Independence Day in Colombia is celebrated with parades and
marches throughout the country, much like the 4th of July is celebrated in the United States; and
     WHEREAS, Colombia's Independence Day falls only a couple weeks after America's
Independence Day celebration, which is relevant and fitting because the two nations have so
much in common; and
     WHEREAS, Both the United States and Colombia gained their independence through
patriots rallying against a distant monarchy, and the first President of each new country was the
General who had united the people during its liberation; and
     WHEREAS, Both countries were also built on the premise that liberty is an unalienable
right and both have a deep commitment to a more peaceful world; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
joins our Colombian American friends and neighbors in commemorating and celebrating
Colombia's 210 years of Independence on July 20th of 2020; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Colombian American Cultural Society
(CACS) and Colombia en Rhode Island.