The Importance Of Enlightenment Revolutions

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The Enlightenment period occurred during the eighteenth through nineteenth century all throughout Europe and the Americas. Many were starting to question society and compose ideals that suited their beliefs in the world. In France, England, and most of the countries involved in the Enlightenment period, there were revolutions in order to gain rights and change their government. Natural rights, founded by John Locke, was one of the most useful and important ideals brought up and followed during the Enlightenment. Locke said that all men have the right to life, liberty, and property and that people had the right to overthrow government If they don 't provide all of the people 's natural rights. The Enlightenment ideal, natural rights, influenced …show more content…
He was a village priest who believed in many of the enlightenment ideals, including natural rights. Around the American, French, and Haitian revolutions, Hidalgo decided to spark a revolution due to the people 's lack of rights the Spanish government had taken from the colonies in today’s Mexico. In his “grito” or speech, Miguel Hidalgo asked “Will you recover the lands stolen three hundred years ago from your forefathers by the hated Spaniards?” The people 's property had been stolen out from underneath them and they hadn’t the opportunity to win it back. He also suggested “Death to bad government!” asking for the people to overthrow their extremely corrupt government in order to create a more fair government. Miguel Hidalgo refused to let Spain take away the rights of the middle class and decided to overthrow the Spanish government in Mexico, using his natural rights. Like the American Colonies, the Third Estate in France 's, and the Haitian slaves, government had taken away the natural rights of the people. This document, and Hidalgos views expressed his want to overthrow the government who had treated the middle class so …show more content…
Because the Enlightenment period had influenced many countries to revolt against their governments that had restricted and/or taken away the citizens natural rights, Simon Bolivar decided that enough was enough and did something about it. The Creoles were in a difficult situation because there was a dispute between the native people and the mestizos for land ownership. On top of that the Spanish raised taxes and gave most of the riches and property opportunities to the Peninsulares, people who were from Spain and only stayed there for a short amount of time in order to collect wealth from the land and then soon after, leave. In his “address” Bolivar stated, We are disputing with the natives for titles of ownership, and at the same time we are struggling to maintain ourselves in the country that gave us birth,” meaning the Spanish and Natives were making it difficult for the people born in Venezuela to survive there in their home. In conclusion, the Creoles had difficulty maintaining the land and property they had owned, in retaliation, Bolivar sparked a revolution throughout Venezuela and it eventually led to independence in present day Colombia, Ecuador, and

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