The Ecuadorian national anthem is called “Salve, O Patria!”, or “We Salute You, Our Homeland!” The lyrics were written in 1865 by the poet Juan Leon Mera under the request of the Ecuadorian Senate. A year later, the lyrics were sent to Guayaquil so that they could be put to music by composer Antonio Neumane. The anthem was officially declared on September 29, 1948.
The anthem consists of six verses and the chorus. However, only the chorus and the second verse are sung.