The American Revolution Of Latin America Essay

839 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Latin American colonies during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries were a hotbed of resentment and discontent among the lower castes of society. Indigenous and slave populations were brutalized and exploited in order to fill the coffers of aristocratic elites and foreign monarchies. Somewhere in the middle, a growing population of mixed-race ethnic groups found themselves ostracized and struggling to find their niche in life. News of foreign events and new philosophies and ideologies filtered into the New World from around the globe and inspired the oppressed masses to rise up under the leadership of a few extraordinary men who helped them fight for independence and bring an end to tyranny. As tensions mounted, these influences helped ignite a series of revolts that were destined to change the status quo in the colonies of Latin America. The struggle in Latin America for oppressed racial groups to gain their independence from European authority and economic control was a battle that involved all levels of colonial society. It pitted royalist loyal to the crown against patriots who wanted autonomy. News of the American and French Revolutions inspired revolts and dreams of change. The goals of various castes of society differed based on their own particular set of circumstances, but ultimately the creoles, mestizos, indigenous and slaves all wanted to improve their quality of life and achieve freedom from their oppressors. The creoles situation was uniquely…

Related Documents