Ecuador: key historical events 8-20
Page last modified 5/11/2020
10/2019, Steet protests that disrupted the capital Quito were called off after the Government agreed to restore fuel subsidies.
2/2018, Ecuadorians voted to legally restrict a President from serving more than two terms, see 12/2015.
2/4/2017, Run-off presidential elections in Ecuador produced a narrow victory for the :Leftist candidate, Lenin Moreno (51%) over the 49% for the Rightist Lasso. The narrow margin produced accusations of fraud from the Right. Assange, who had been avoiding extradition to Sweden on rape charges (and on to the US on espionage charges) by hiding in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since August 2012, was relieved; Lasso had said he would evict him if he won. However on 11/4/2019 Assange was forced to leave the Embassy,and go into UK prison custody,after a series of disputes with the Embassy authorities.
4/2016, 400 dead and 2,500 injured in a 7.8 magnitude earthquake affecting the coastal region of Ecuador.
12/2015, The Ecuadorian Parliament voted to remove a two-term limit on the President. However see 2/2018.
8/2013, President Correa authorised oil prospecting in the Amazon rainforest, blaming wealthier nations for failing to help his country with conservation.
6/2013, Ecuador created a Government agency to regulate the media and broadcasting. The Oppositiion saw it as a move to restrict reporting.
2/2013, President Rafael Correa won a second 4-year term. Under the 2008 Constitution no President could serve more than two terms.
6/2012, Julian Assange (Wikileaks founder) sought asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy, London, to avoid extradition to Sweden on rape charges, whoch he believed would have led on to his further extraditin to the US on sedition charges which couldhave led to his facing the death penaly. A police guard was immediately posted at the Embassy, preventing his onward journey out of the UK, where Assange was to remain until 4/2019.
3/2012, Protests in Ecuador by indigenous peoples, against mining activities.
4/2011, Ecuador expelled the USAmbassador after Wikileaks publicised a diplomatic communication alleging seruous corruption in the Ecuadorian police force.
7/2010, Ecuador passed legislation giving the State total owmership of all oil and gas produced in its territory.
7/2009, Ecuador refused to extend the US military use of Manta airfield for drug surveillance flights.
4/2009, President Correa won his 2nd term as President; his first under the new 2008 Constitution.
12/2008, Ecuador threatened to default on billions of US$ of whatit called ‘illegitimate’ foreign debt.
8/2008, Ecudaor adopted new Constitution, after it was approved in a referendum by 64% of voters.
3/2008, Diplomatic row with Colombia after its forces crossed into Ecuador to kill a senior FARC member, Raul Reyes.
2005, Guiterrez was removed by Congress; elections in 11/2006 were won by Rafael Correa.
8/2005, Protestors in Ecuador demanded that oil revenues be spent on improving local communities.
1/2003, Leftist Lucio Guitierrez became President (elected 11/2002).
2002, Indigenous communities demanded that oil revenue be spent on localcommunities.
2000, The Army sided with Amerindian protestors. Vice President Gustavo Noboa replaced Mahuad.
2000, The Ecuadorian Sucre was massively devalued. It was replaced by the US Dollar.
1998, Jamil Mahuad, Popular Democratic Party, won elections.
1997, President Abdala Bucaram was deposed by Congress after he begahn to implement popular reforms.
1992, Ecuador left OPEC in order to be able to increase its oil output.
1992, Indigenous Amerindian peoples won land awards, 10,000 square kilometres, in the Amazon basin.
1982, Falling world oil prices caused economic recession, leading to demonstrations and a State of Emergency. Austerity measures were introduced in 1983.
1981, Ecuador fought a border war with Peru.
1979, Civilian rule returned to Ecuador.
1972, Ecuador began producing oil. Ibarra was toppled by a military coup.
1968, Velasco Ibarra was elected president, for the 5th time. He later took on absolute powers, when faced with dissent.
1965, Ecuador declared the Galapagos Islands a National Park.
1963, Military rule in Ecuador, lasting until 1966.
1960, The Ecuadorian Government renounced the peace treaty that ceded el Oro to Peru.
1955, Camilo Ponce Enriquez became the first Conservative President in 60 years. He remained in office until 1960.
1952, Velasco Ibarra became President, promising improvements to schools and roads.
1950s, Ecuador developed its banana industry.
1948, Galo Plaza became president, promising social reforms. Growing banana trade was bringing in revenue.
28/8/1947, Ecuador's new dictator Carlos Mancheno abolished the country's 1944 constitution and proclaimed himself President.
1942, Under the Rio Protocvol, Ecuador ceded the mineral-rich el Oro region to Peru, ca. 200,000 square kilometres, after a period of border warfare. Ecuador had invaded this region in 1941.
1925, The Army was now the most powerful political faction in the country, replacing the coastal banking interests,.
20/1/1911, Ecuador refused to allow the Hague Tribunal to arbitrate in its boundary dispute with Peru.
3/6/1910, Ecuador and Peru withdrew their troops from the border between the two nations as the first step in the mediation of their dispute.
31/8/1901, In Ecuador, General Alfaro peacefully handed over power to his elected successor, General Leonidas Plaza.
1850s, Political rivalry between the Conservatives, who supported the entrenched elite and the Catholic Church, versus the radical Liberals, who supported ecomnomic sand political reform.
1835, Charles Darwin arrived on the Galapagos Islands.
1832, Ecuador attempted to take Popayan Province from Colombia, but failed.
12/2/1832, General Jose Villamil started a colony on Santa Maria island, Galapagos, with political prisoners from Ecuador. Ecuador had formally annexed the Galapagos Islands.
13/5/1830. The Republic of Ecuador was created, as Gran Colombia brioke up, with Juan Flores as President. It was formerly the Presidency of Quito..
24/5/1822, The Battle of Pinchincha, near Quito, Ecuador. Jose de Sucre decisively defeated a Spanish army. Ecuador became part of Gran Colombia.
10/8/1809, Ecuadorian middle class revolted against Spanish rule,but failed to gain independence. This rebellion was crushed by 1812.
1597, The city of Ibarra was founded by Alvaro de Ibarra, President of Ecuador.
1535, Fray Tomas de Berlanga, Bishop of Panama, became the first European to set foot on the Galapagos Islands, when his ship, sailing from Panama to Peru, was becalmed, then carried westwards to the islands by the strong equatorial ocean currents.
1533, Sebastian de Benalcazar, a lieutenant of Francisco Pizarro, claimed the Ecuador area for Spain. Spain first landed there in 1531, and had conquered the region from the Incas by 1534.
1527, War of Succession in the Inca Empire between Huascar in Cuzco and his younger brother Atahuallpa in Quito. This intetrnecine was weakened the Inca Empire and allowed the Spanish under Pizarro to gain control in 1528.
1478, What is now Ecuador became part of the Inca Empire under Topa Yupanqui.
1460, The Incas began the conquest of the Cara Nation, which was centred on Quito.
Ca. 280 AD. Formation of the Cara Nation, as a non-indogenous tribe (origina unknown) conquered the Quito valley, then extended their terotory by war and alliances.