Liberal Revolution of 1895

The Liberal Revolution of 1895 took place in Ecuador, and was a period of radical social and political upheaval. The Revolution started on June 5, 1895 and ultimately resulted in the overthrow of the conservative government, which had ruled Ecuador for several decades, by the Radical Liberals, led by Eloy Alfaro. After the revolution, the new government legalized divorce, allowed religious freedom, and weakened the authority of the Church, which lost the land it held.[1]

Liberal Revolution of 1895

Representation of the Battle of Chasqui, you can see the montoneros of Eloy Alfaro before the battle.
Date5 June 1895 – 28 January 1912
Result Victory for the Liberals
Conservatives Liberals
Commanders and leaders
José María Plácido Caamaño
Juan Manuel Triviño 
Ramón González Valencia
Pedro Nel Ospina
Manuel Antonio Franco 
Manuel Serrano Renda
Vicente Villamizar
Carlos Concha Torres
José María Sarasti
Pedro J. Montero Executed
Luciano Coral Executed
Pedro Lizarzaburu
Flavio Alfaro  Executed
Medardo Alfaro  Executed
Ulpiano Páez  Executed
Emilio Terán  Executed

Eloy Alfaro Executed

Leonidas Plaza
Pompeyo Baquero
Luis Cordero Crespo
Lizardo García
Vicente Lucio Salazar
Emilio Estrada Carmona
Luis Vargas Torres
Tomás Larrea  Executed
6,000 soldiers 5,000 soldiers
Casualties and losses
8,000 – 15,000 dead 6,000 – 10,000 dead

The Revolution is often seen as marking the birth of modern Ecuador, with a new power structure that favored the Liberal Party, and new infrastructure projects such as the construction of a railway line between Quito and Guayaquil.[2]

Citations edit

  1. ^ Handelsman pp. 10
  2. ^ Roos and Van Renterghem pp. 13

References edit

  • Handelsman, Michael. Culture and Customs of Ecuador. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2000. ISBN 0-313-30244-8
  • Roos, Wilma and Van Renterghem, Omer. Ecuador: a guide to the people, politics and culture. Northampton: Interlink Books, 2000. ISBN 1-56656-385-2

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