The Conflicts Of The Latin American And French Revolution In Latin America

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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 …show more content…
Slaves there found a strong leader named Toussaint L’Ouverture who helped them embark on the long and arduous fight for their independence. Events that transpired during the American and French Revolutions, as well as an edict issued by France in 1789, The Declaration of the Rights of Man, which had declared all citizens as equals, all helped inspire a slave revolt in Haiti that spanned over twelve years and resulted in loss of hundreds of thousands of lives. The Haitian Revolution became the first organized and only successful slave revolt in history. In addition, it was the first liberated territory in Latin

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