Juan Domingo Peron and the Autonomy Represented by May Day

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Juan Domingo Perón and the Autonomy Represented by May Day The spirit of independence is a major element in modern democracies. Yet, for years it was denied the people of many Latin American regions, like Argentina. Although Argentina had been granted independence from European powers in the 19th century, it seems as if that independence was not fully realized until the leadership of Juan Domingo Perón who brought the power back to the people of Argentina. His leadership advocated a spirit of independence and a sense of autonomy that redefined the way people thought of themselves in Argentina, and correlated a new stronger spirit in the May Day holiday. Before Perón even stepped foot into his office, there was already a very long history attached to May Day, as it represents the May Revolution that took place in Argentina during the early 19th century. The May Revolution was essentially an uprising against the European based government that was itself going through transition. As Spain once again took autonomous control over its own country, after being run by French brother of Napoleon, word soon spread to the Americas. Support in Argentina and elsewhere began to turn against the Viceroy, who eventually stepped down. The result was a series of conflicts within the region that pit revolutionaries against loyalists who were in favor of remaining in European style control. After years of fighting, Argentinean independence was eventually granted in 1816. The May Revolution

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