72228912_-Colonial_Latin[1] - Pomi 1 Marc Pomi Stony Brook...

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Marc Pomi Stony Brook University History 213 Colonial Latin America Professor Brooke Larson 12/08/08 Colonial Latin America Latin America historians have argued that the spirit of anti-colonialism was present among the elites of the creoles living in the countries long before the wars of liberation started in earnest in 1810. The Creole elites had a big role in the fight for independence though their struggle was pushed back by many aspects that range from their being a minority group compared to the imperialist’s population to the internal conflicts of interest among their population The Creoles are locally born people with foreign descent who, in this case were brought into South America as slaves in the plantations firms 1 . Most people among the creoles were well versed with political activities as they reacted to the forces of imperialism day after day. These elites of the political order held a grudge against the rulers of the people’s oppressors for a long time. Due to their common background, most of the Creoles shared similar ideologies and would thus discuss and incite each other on matters that directly concerned them. 2 The Creoles have been understood to be people who occupied the Latin American countries and even though they were of different cultural groups, they mostly shared a background that was either French or 1 Avira Chomsky, et al, The Cuban Leader . North Carolina: Duke University Press. 2004, p127. 22 Geggus D. Patrick. Slavery, War and Revolution in the Greater Caribbean. Indiana: Indiana University Press. 1997 p 75-86 Pomi 1
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Spanish. Their common French or Spanish background unified them in their distant nations. These groups of people are found virtually in every continent, but their socio-political systems of lives vary across the group. In Latin America, which is predominantly a Spanish speaking region, the Creoles always came low in the ranking of social order and their sense of discrimination at last sparked off the wars to fight for independence that occurred between the years 1810 and 1821. The wars were fought with the aim of ending oppression and discrimination. The Creole elites who were made up of white populace in Spanish America had already started engaging in activities of dissent against colonialism even before the wars began. Scholars argue that there were some ideological and economical forces that propagated feelings of nationalism among the Creole in the 18 th century”. They further argue that a relationship existed between the independent movements around 1810 and the political events in Europe as political events in Europe sparked those movements. Almost over a period 500 years Latin America experienced episodes which led to the formation of many nationalistic movements across the colonies. The fight for independence in Latin America pitted those who were referred to as the Peninsuares 3 and included those from Spain and Portugal; against those born in the new world, and these were the Creoles.
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