How The Newly Formed Nations Essay

1496 Words Dec 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Throughout Spanish Latin America, the transition from a colony to a nation-state (1820s-1850s) was very extensive, complex, and at various times a brutal process. The former Spanish America split into more than a dozen separate countries, following the administrative divisions of the colonial system. The difficulty for the inhabitants of these administrative units was not, however, as simple as the division of geographic boundaries. Rather, the recently emancipated countries of Latin America faced the much more daunting challenge of creating and consolidating new nations. With the structures of the old system removed, the inhabitants of each country set out on programs to create a postcolonial political, economic, and social order. This paper will discuss how the newly formed nations in the Latin America faced the quandary of how to reconcile slavery and racial discrimination with the enlightened and ideology of citizenship. This paper will also look at how in various parts of Latin America, military forces such as the caudillo created internal conflicts that undermined the unity of the nation, others eventually took over the country and overturned the liberal progressive agenda (constitution, rights,) and established authoritarian governments.
As newly formed nations in Latin America formed, strong measures against African slavery similarly appeared in many areas by the late 1820s. Lawmakers banned the slave trade, or even ended slavery itself. According to Marixa Lasso,…

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