El Dia de la Raza is more important than most Colombians know. This day commemorates the ruthlessness and violent way in which our current race came about. Even though Christopher Columbus and the Spanish Crown/Catholics were the epitome of evil I have to appreciate the boldness with which they conquered and bled out a once thriving society.
Colombia's independence is long and bloody. November 11 is an important date because it was a precedent to all independence revolutions throughout South America. This sense of revolution and bravery that the people from Cartagena displayed earned their city the nickname la "Ciudad Heroica" the "Heroic City."
It never seizes to amaze me how people around the world don't know about their own countries history. The Battle of Boyaca was a very important battle, and it is held as a national holiday in Colombia. I am proud to be Colombian and today I have hoisted the beautiful yellow, blue and red flag outside my apartment.
Manuel Atanasio Girardot Díaz was a Colombian and Venezuelan revolutionary war hero. He was born here in Antioquia and we are very proud of him.