The Hemisphere: ECUADOR'S 150 YEARS

Tke First 140 Were tke Hardest

IN Quito (alt. 9,000 ft.) one cool morning last week, salvos of artillery and clanging bells from 150 churches awakened the capital and nation. People poured into the winding streets, cheered 6,000 parading soldiers and 25 stunting jets. President Camilo Ponce Enríquez attended a Te Deum in the 412-year-old cathedral, reviewed goose-stepping cadets, and recalled for assembled foreign diplomats and Houses of Congress a day in August 1809—the hour of "greatest Ecuadorian glory."

On Aug. 10, 150 years ago, a handful of Quito Creoles rose up, overthrew...

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