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Chart: Independence in the Americas

July 03, 2018

While people in the U.S. might pour some bourbon or a Budweiser for #FourthofJuly, in Argentina, one might be more inclined on May 25 to toast with a fernet and coke. @brianharper89 takes a tour of independence around the Americas:
Brazil declared independence from Portugal. Uruguay declared independence from Brazil. And Cuba was subject to the rule of not one but two foreign powers. @brianharper89 takes a tour of #IndependenceDay around the Americas:

2018 marks 242 years since the United States declared its independence, making it the oldest sovereign nation in the Americas. The centuries that followed the Declaration of Independence saw other countries in the Americas gaining their own freedom, with Belize as the most recent example in 1981.

While most of these countries celebrate the day they rejected a foreign power’s rule, others have distinct national holidays. Cubans, for example, were subject to both Spain and the United States and instead honor their 1959 revolution.

As the United States celebrates the Fourth of July, we chart independence days in the rest of the hemisphere, the countries from which each nation obtained its freedom, and the beverages with which citizens choose to celebrate.