• The Republic of Gran Colombia forms. It includes present day Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela and Colombia

  • Ecuador leaves Gran Colombia and becomes independent.

  • Ecuador's economy grows, boosted in part by increased growth and exports in banana production. 

  • Ecuador emerges as a significant oil producer and joins the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). 

  • Ecuador leaves OPEC in order to increase its output over OPEC regulations. 

  • Ecuador adopts the US dollar as their national currency.

  • Nationwide protests erupt over a proposed free trade agreement with the US.

  • Ecuador briefly cuts ties with Colombia following a cross-border strike from Colombia. 

  • To protest against mining projects, thousands of indigenous people stage a two-week march from the Amazon.

  • After failure to fund conservation, President Correa authorizes oil exploration in a pristine area of the Amazon rainforest. 


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