Latin American Independence. 1750-1914: An Age of Revolutions Latin American Independence Movements

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1750-1914: An Age of Revolutions

Latin American Independence


1750-1914: An Age of RevolutionsLatin American Independence Movements23

What caused discontent in Latin America?

How did Haitians, Mexicans, and people in Central America win independence?

How did nations of South America win independence?Latin American Wars of Independence3What Caused Discontent in Latin America?By the late 1700s, the revolutionary fever that gripped Western Europe had spread to Latin America. There, discontent was rooted in the social, racial, and political system that had emerged during 300 years of Spanish rule.

Peninsulares were those born of Spanish parents in Spain; therefore, they had the most wealth, education, & status. Creoles resented their second-class status. Mestizos and mulattoes were angry at being denied the status, wealth, and power available to whites. Native Americans suffered economic misery under the Spanish. Enslaved Africans who worked on plantations longed for freedom.34


In 1791, Toussaint LOuverture led slaves in revolt. By 1798, enslaved Haitians had been freed. In 1802, Napoleon sent an army to recapture Haiti.Napoleons forces agreed to a truce, or temporary peace.

In 1804, Haitian leaders declared independence. Father Miguel Hidalgo and Jos Morales led popular revolts.

Rebels led by Agustn de Iturbide overthrew the Spanish viceroy, creating an independent Mexico. Iturbide took the title of emperor, but was quickly overthrown.

Liberal Mexicans set up the Republic of Mexico.Spanish-ruled lands declared their independence in the early 1820s.

Local leaders set up the United Provinces of Central America.

The union soon fragmented into separate republics of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. 5Independence in South AmericaSimon Bolvar, called The Liberator, :the George Washington of South America, led an uprising that established a republic in Venezuela. He then captured Bogot, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. In 1816, Jos de San Martn helped Argentina win freedom from Spain. He then joined forces with Bolvar. Bolvar tried to unite the liberated lands into a single nation called Gran Columbia. However, bitter rivalries made that dream impossible. Before long, Gran Columbia split into three independent countries: Venezuela, Columbia, and Ecuador. (Panama)In South America, Native Americans had rebelled against Spanish rule as early as the 1700s, with limited results. It was not until the 1800s that discontent sparked a widespread drive for independence.3

6Independent Nations of Latin America About 18443


Independence Movements in Latin America3European domination of Latin America

Spread of Enlightenment ideas

American and French revolutions

Growth of nationalism in Latin AmericaPeople of Latin America resent colonial rule and social injustices

Revolutionary leaders emerge

Napoleon invades Spain and ousts Spanish kingToussaint LOuverture leads slave revolt in Haiti

Bolvar, San Martn, and others lead successful revolts in Latin America

Colonial rule ends in much of Latin AmericaAttempts made to rebuild economies

18 separate republics set up

Continuing efforts to achieve stable democratic governments and to gain economic independenceImmediate EffectsLong-Term EffectsLong-Term CausesImmediate Causes8Pedro I

Franois Toussaint-Louverture-

Miguel Hidalgo

Simn Bolvar

Jos de San Martn

Key People9Latin American Independence Movements, 18th & 19th C.

Wars of IndependenceIn Latin America

Many Latin American nations tried a break for freedom while Napoleon was in power in Spain & Portugal10ResultsCaudillosStrong military leaders emergeDictatorship and totalitarian systems emergeDependency theory challenges Modernity theoryWestern European markets determine the productSouth America dependent upon others buying their one cropBanana Republics United Fruit Company controlled Central America in late 19th and early 20th centuryPhrase coined to designate politically unstable, dependent on limited agriculture, and ruled by a small, wealthy and corrupt clique put in power by the United States government in conjunction with the CIA and the US business lobby 11Latin American social classesPeninsulares were men born in Spain or Portugal who held highest offices and important military and political positions

Creoles were Spaniards born in the Latin American colonies who were officers in army, but not in government and controlled much of the land and business in the colonies. But they deeply resented power of the peninsulares.

Mestizos made up the majority of the society because it was mixed European and Indian. They worked as servant to the peninsulares and Creoles and as plantation overseers and farmhands.

The Native Americans/Africans were the lowest society group but also the largest. They were not known as citizens but did much labor.

Mulatto-European and African mixed ancestry. 12French colonies: Revolution in HaitiSaint Domingue, now known as HaitiWestern third of island of Hispanola in Caribbean Sea.


The first Latin American uprising was in the French colony of Haiti, which was where huge plantations of sugar, cotton and coffee spread across the mountains and valleys of the lush tropical land. The Plantations were owed by French planters and worked by the colonys enslaved African populationThere was a high demand of sugar and coffee from the small colony of Haiti500,000 to 560,000 people living in Haiti in the late 1700s were enslaved or had beenUnrest erupted in the early 1790s when enslaved Africans led by Franois Toussaint-Louverture revolted by setting fires to plantation homes and fields of sugarcane.Napoleon sent forces in 1802 in order to take control of the colony and successfully captured Toussaint-Louverture and imprisoned him in France until his death in 1803.Yellow fever was the death of thousands of French soldiers which is what the Haiti people needed to defeat the French and gain their independence in 1804.

14Toussaint LOuvertureFormer slave, self-educated.Untrained in military and political matters, but became a skilled general and diplomat.Allegedly got name (opening in French) from being able to find openings in enemy lines.Took leadership of a slave revolt that broke out in 1791.100,000 slaves in revolt.By 1801, LOuverture moved into Spanish Santo Domingo (the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispanola), took control of territory and freed slaves.In January 1802, French troops landed.Toussaint agreed to an end of fighting if the French would end slaveryFrench accused him of planning another uprising.Sent him to a prison in the French Alps.He died 10 months later, April 1803.

15Father Miguel Hidalgo was a Mexican priest who was the leader of the Mexican war for Independence. He started the movement of independence in 1810. With his help, the fight for independence lasted for 11 years but Miguel did not see it to the end. He was executed in 1811 because of traitors who sold him out to the Spaniards.Miguel Hidalgo was known as a risk taker with the motto: We want a free Mexico; with this motto, his fight for independence never ended.

May 8, 1753July 30, 181116Miguel Hidalgo led the fight against the Spanish government in Mexico because of the deep care he had for the poverty-stricken Native Americans and mestizos.Hidalgos goals were political freedom, an end to slavery, and improvements to living conditions for Mexicos poor and revolt was the only way to bring changeOn September 16, 1810, Hidalgo gave a stirring address that became known as el Grito de Dolores that called for Mexicans to fight for Independence and Liberty.In 1811 the well-trained Spanish army finally overwhelmed the rebels and Hidalgo was captured and executed


Simn Bolvar July 24, 1783 December 17, 1830Agustn de Iturbide September 27, 1783 July 19, 1824

Jos Francisco de San MartnFebruary 25, 1778 August 17, 185018

O'Higgins Rides Again, Arica, Chile - Every South American city displays its heroes in bronze. In Arica, it's Bernardo O'Higgins who does the honors. O'Higgins fought alongside of Argentina's Jose San Martin, defeating Spain at Chacabuco, bringing independence to Chile in 1818, and served as its first "Supreme Director".

Chilean liberatorBernardo OHigginsby the famous Mexican muralistDavid Alfaro SiquierosatChillnsEscuela Mxico.The son of the Irish-born governor of Chile, he was a leading figure in the movement to overthrow the ruling Spanish administration and was the first head of state of the independent Chile.19Agustn de Iturbide decisively ended the Mexican War of Independence. After the liberation of Mexico was secured, he was proclaimed President of Regency in 1821 and Constitutional Emperor of the new nation, reigning as Emperor briefly from May 19, 1822 to March 19, 1823. Agustn de Iturbide is also credited as the original designer of the Mexican flag.Simn Bolvar led many colonies to independence because he believed in equality and saw liberty as the only object worth a mans life. Bolvars nickname was The Liberator because he devoted his life to the freedom for Latin Americans. In 1810, Simn Bolvar started a revolt against the Spaniards in Caracas which lasted 9 years until he crushed Spains power in northern South America. Also called George Washington of South AmericaJos de San Martn led Latin American armies over the Andes Mountains and into Chile where he joined Bernardo OHiggins. The two men successfully achieved independence for Chile in 1818. In 1820, they also captured Lima and declared Peru i