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By 1765 Portoviejo took on the category of a province, with a Ecuador Portoviejo city, Cathedralpopulation of 5,200.  As  it  was  a  city  of   the   Spanish  foundation,  it had certain privileges:  one of them was to have a town assembly and the right to elect mayors who were not dependent on the mayors of Guayaquil, according to Horacio Hidrovo Peñaherrera, in his work "Postal Espiritual de Portoviejo".

Independence

On October 18th, 1820, Portoviejo, in open assembly, proclaimed its independence. Jose Joaquin de Olmedo, first civil governor of Ecuador, who sent a letter written and signed, in which he declared that Portoviejo had broken the yoke of slavery. From Portoviejo

the Spanish American troops set out for Guayaquil,   and  then   for  Quito,

carrying their discoveries to the river Amazon.  Orellana was especially interested in the prospects offered by Portoviejo. During the colonial period it was the operational center of the conquistadors and later the center of emancipation movements, and managed to proclaim its independence on October 18th, 1820.

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