Spanish Colonization

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In the early 19th century Europe was distraught, World War 1 had started and ended, and the nations in Europe were still on edge. The war had created sides and feuds between countries, these included the main powers of the world (the allies): the USA, Britain, and France, vs, Germany and its lesser allies (Austria and some other small countries). However lost somewhere in the middle of this chaos was Spain. During the early 19th century and before Spain had been a largely successful monarchy, whose power was felt throughout Europe and the world. This was seen through their colonization of Morocco, much of Latin America, and the majority of what is now the present day western United States. Spain was seen as a powerful ally and dangerous enemy …show more content…
The first thing the newly elected Spanish government did was draft a constitution. However in this constitution the government wrote some controversial things. They passed acts that stripped power from the military, church, and property owning elites. Many people opposed these acts throughout the countries. Included in these people were military officials, who began to discuss a coup that would overthrow the government. They determined that the time was not right, and they wouldn’t be able to mount a meaningful opposition to the current government in place. From here on is where the Spanish Civil War begins. It starts and is centered around a military General named Francisco Franco. After the new government took over in 1931 and stripped power from the military, Franco was demoted and placed on the military inactive list. He went along with it and accepted his new role for Spain. In 1933 conservative officials were elected into the government and gained power. Franco was then activated from the military, and later in 1934 promoted to Major General. In October of …show more content…
Organization may seem like a small thing, but it was a key factor during the Spanish Civil War for the both the republicans and the nationalists. Organization was not on the side of the newly formed republicans, who had only recently risen to power behind the new Spanish Prime minister Miguel Azaña.
“In 1935 (Miguel) Azaña helped form the Popular Front, a broad left-wing coalition that included liberals, socialists, and communists. In the elections of February 1936 the Azaña-led alliance was successful, and he again formed a government.”

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