More » Although Argentina's official Independence Day is July 9, 1816, many Argentines consider the chaotic days of May, 1810 as the true beginning of their Independence.
In South America, well-off Creole patriots solemnly signed official documents proclaiming their independence from Spain.
In Mexico, Father Miguel Hidalgo took to the pulpit of the town church of Dolores and delivered an impassioned speech about the multiple Spanish abuses of the Mexican people.
This act became known as "El Grito de Dolores" or "The Cry of Dolores." Within days, Hidalgo had an army of thousands of angry peasants.
Anglicanism also has a long and growing presence in Latin America Indigenous creeds and rituals are still practiced in countries with large percentages of Amerindians, such as Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru.
Various Afro-Latin American traditions such as Santería, Candomblé, Umbanda, Macumba, and tribal-voodoo religions are also practiced, mainly in Cuba, Brazil, and Haiti. Brazil is the country with more practitioners in the world of Allan Kardec's Spiritism.