Chilean Independence Day

After eight years of war (1810 – 1818) Chile’s Declaration of Independence was signed on February 12, 1818.

The signing came a day and a year after the decisive victory of Chilean troops against Spain in the batlle of Chacabuco.

Bernardo O’Higgins becomes the first president of the Republic of Chile.

Chileans celebrate independence day on September 18. This is the date (September 18, 1810) of Chile’s proclamation of an independent government.

Chilean wine (reds of all varieties) are the most heavily consumed bevarages during the (Fiestas Patrias) festive days leading up to the 18th of September in Chile.

Chileans love their wine and it really shows around September 18 every year.