Had it not been for a handful of 1829 battlefield decisions, Cuenca could well have been a Peruvian city today. Historians say the outcome of the Battle of Portete de Tarqui could have gone either way. On Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24, Ecuador’s victory at Tarqui was celebrated in Quito, Cuenca and Portete de Tarqui. President Lenin Moreno attended Ecuador’s biggest annual military parade in a rainstorm in Quito while Mayor Marcelo Cabrera presided over an announcement of the establishment of a military museum in Cuenca. Other events were held at the site of the battle, 15 miles…
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