Lecture 32 History of Mexico

Lecture 32 History of Mexico - Lecture 32 History of Mexico...

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Lecture 32 – History of Mexico - Recent transformation o What used to be and what is now - Spanish Colonialism - Mexican Revolution - Post-Revolution - Era of Stability - Weakening of Stability - End of Stability - Mexico’s Political System Spanish Colonialism - Mexico served as an important source of resources (e.g. gold, silver) for Spain - Spanish conquest was accompanied by installation of Roman Catholic Church as a predominant power - Reduction and marginalization of Mexican Indian population o Via disease and Spanish sword, as well as through intermarriage and attrition - 1810-1821 War of Independence o Spain’s power over “New Spain” was weakened by its struggles with other European countries: economic troubles, Napoleon’s invasion o Initial widespread fighting, followed by many years of smaller revolts and skirmishes, a final deal wasn’t reached until 1821, giving Mexico its independence - 1846-1848 War with United States o Basically a fight over North American territory, mainly California and Texas o United States’ land grab pushed forward by belief in “manifest destiny” Mexican Revolution - 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution o A civil Conflict that was not exactly a social revolution o This was NOT an uprising of the common people against the dictator (Porfirio Diaz) They wanted greater economic and political opportunities They wanted an end to the sham elections that kept the dictator,
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