|Nicolás Pernett and a historian friend in the Casa de la Historia.|
|The Casa de la Historia, |
The incident, which the criollos had staged in order to trigger a rebellion, is usually credited with generating the anger which started the revolution against Spain.
|A few of the CD's history produced by Diana Uribe.|
Tucked away on a side street in Teusaquillo, the Casa houses a bookstore, holds talks and shows films. On July 20, the Casa and some of the neighborhood's many other theatres, cafes and bookstores held events related to the Grito de Libertad.
But historian Pernett doesn't swallow the idea that the Grito was really such a seminal event. Instead, he argues that Colombia has experienced various protests and rebellions against both the Spanish empire and later against the Colombian republic's power structure. The first major revolt was the 1780 Rebelion de los Comuneros, in which much of present-day Colombia and part of Venezuela took up arms against sudden tax increases. The Spanish rulers betrayed and then viciously supressed the rebels, sowing hatred and suspicions which probably contributed to the revolution of 1810.
But the Comuneros demanded lower taxes, not independence from Spain. And, in fact, the
|Where it all began? La Casa del Florero, |
or House of the Flowerpot, on Plaza Bolivar.
Has Colombians post-revolutionary history also contained a series of would-be revolutions? Historian
|The famous fight over the flowerpot. (Wikipedia.org)|