The Cuenca’s Independence is a civic and historical date, in memorial of liberation of the Spanish yoke.
Upon knowing the glorious day of Guayaquil on October 9, 1820; “Cuencanos” leaded by Tomás Ordóñez, José Sevilla and clergyman Juan María Ormaza, clashed with the Spanish authorities and proclaimed their freedom on November 3th.
The mutineers retreated to the Plaza San Sebastián; the military chief, Garcia Trelles, entrenched himself and secured the main square of the city. Patriots and the people, flanked by the north and were at the opposite point, not being armed properly, hoping to receive reinforcements from other peoples.
The priest Javier Loyola, guided the patriots of his parish, managing to isolate the city to help in this task, Garcia Trelles, surrendered the arms, pushed by the citizens.