Furthermore, due to the at times extreme cultural difference, between the Coast and the Sierra, there is a general dislike between those two regions that traces back to prehispanic times.
Independence was won in 1822, when the famed South American liberator Simón Bolívar joined Sucre and defeated a Spanish army at the Battle of Pichincha.
Atahualpa ruled in the north from Quito, while Huáscar ruled in the south from Cuzco.
Huáscar and Atuahualpa wanted all the empire, they could not share the territory, so an internal war took place.
Most of the regional fighting occurs among teenagers and college students.
Ecuadorians place great importance on the family, both nuclear and extended.
There is tension and dislike between the residents of Quito and Guayaquil.