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1World History12/8/18Why Did the Creoles Lead the Fight?During the 16th century, the Spanish, Portuguese, the Dutch, French, and English wereconquering and colonizing Latin America. The conquistadores, of Spanish origin, employed atechnique of dividing and conquering mainly due to the several advantages. These advantagesincluded possessing steel weapons, immunity against certain diseases, and horse cavalry.Therefore, they managed to comprehend the political rivalries among different groups and tribesmaking it easy for them to form alliances with the natives which in all lead them to be able toeliminate weaker groups. The main goal of the Spanish was scavenging gold fields, dominatingsugar firms, and establishing trade networks. As a result, they enslaved all groups of natives andtook the local leaders hostages. This prompted the formation of new classes by the Europeansresulting in both social and economic inequalities. Following this, major resents erupted from thelower and the oppressed classes. Revolutions broke out in entire Latin America in the periodbetween 1810 and 1826. Creoles were American born but were purely Spanish. Although theSpanish continued to gain control and dominance over Latin America, the Creoles feltdiscontented and unfairly treated, nevertheless, the Creoles led the fight for independencebecause of the growing awareness of establishing a self-run government, their increasing senseof protection of their economic interests and aspirations, their growing rivalry with thePeninsulares, and the increased fear of social unrest.The increased awareness of a self-run government increased the Creoles’ interest to fightfor independence. This led to a great rivalry between the Creoles and Peninsulares. The problemwas that Peninsulares were not born in America but had all the power. Latin America deservedleaders who were American-born. "We are disputing with the natives for titles of ownership, andat the same time, we are struggling to maintain ourselves in the country that gave us birth againstthe opposition of the invaders,” this quote comes from Document A, which is a primary sourceas it comes from Simon Bolivar who was a Venezuelan military and political leader at the time.

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