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Ecuador main cities, Guayaquil, Centenario parkIn October 9, 1820, almost without bloodshed, a group of civilians supported by soldiers from the "Granaderos de Reserva", a Peruvian battalion quartered in Guayaquil, overwhelmed the resistance of the Royalist guards and arrested the Spanish authorities. Guayaquil declared independence from Spain. Jose Joaquin de Olmedo was named "Jefe Civil" of Guayaquil. In 1822 José de San Martin and Simon Bolivar held a famous conference in Guayaquil to plan for the independence of Spanish South America.

The city suffered from a major fire in 1896 which destroyed large portions of the city.

Starting in the late 1990s a major program was begun to restore and beautify the city to help make it an important tourism destination.

Guayaquil today

Today, Guayaquil's Puerto Maritimo receives 90% of Ecuador's imports and is responsible for 50% of the nation's exports, making it the driving force behind the country's economy. Guayaquil has several colonial landmarks, including the church of Santo Domingo (16th cent.).

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