Latin American Independence Movements 1791-1845

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Latin American Independence Movements 1791-1845

Latin American Independence Movements1791-18451

Independence Movements in Latin AmericaEuropean domination of Latin AmericaSpread of Enlightenment ideasAmerican and French revolutionsGrowth 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 Causes2Latin American Social ClassesPeninsulares : men born in Spain or Portugal who held highest offices and important military and political positionsCreoles : Spaniards born in the Latin American colonies who were officers in army, but not in government. They 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.

Mulatto-European and African mixed ancestry

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

What 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.34Toussaint LOuvertureFirst to Gain Independence! In 1791, Toussaint LOuverture led slaves in revolt. By 1798, enslaved Haitians had been freed. In 1802, Napoleon sent an army to recapture Haiti. They failed (yellow fever).Napoleons forces agreed to a truce, or temporary peace (arrest Toussaint- dies in French prison 1803).

In 1804, Haitian leaders declared independence.


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Revolutions in South America

1808- Napoleon controlled Spain- this allowed revolutionary leaders to take advantage of Spains weakness.1810- Simon Bolivar leads revolutions against Spanish rule for over 10 years. Came to be called The Liberator and The George Washington of South America.During this time Bolivar liberated Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.

Bolivar then joined forces with Jose de San Martin- who had already liberated Argentina and Chili from Spanish rule.

Bolivars goal of creating a unified South American country did not happen. Rivalries and cultural differences resulted in the creation of many different countries.Brazil gained its independence without bloodshed. In 1822 Brazil declared its independence from Portugal.

MexicoFather Miguel Hidalgo was a Mexican priest who was the leader of the Mexican war for Independence.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 changeFather Hidalgo raised armies of free Mexicans and swept through parts of Mexico and killed many Spaniards. Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821.