The Three Revolutions: What Were They Fighting For?

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The American, French, and Latin Revolutions have one common denominator, freedom. This freedom to express independent values and rules led to the movement for self-rule politically, economically, and socially. Within this paper, it will be shown who, what, where, why and how the three revolutions evolved, and how they effected the world. The American Revolution lasted from 1775-1783 and slated thirteen British colonies in North America against Great Britain. The empire experienced economic difficulties after the Seven Years’ War, which involved conflicts with both the French and Indians. The empire ensured themselves control of international markets with the colonies benefiting financially (Bentley, et al., 2008).…show more content…
Upon their return to Saint-Domingue, it was time for their independence. In 1789, the white colonists wished to govern themselves, to be free from France but did not include the black people (Bentley, et al., 2008). In 1791, thousands of slaves rebelled and soon they were turning on each other. French soldiers tried to restore order, with Spanish and British soldiers joining in however, the slaves prevailed. In 1797, Louverture had put together an army and was in charge of most of Saint-Domingue. In 1801, he released a constitution, which awarded equality and citizenship to people living in Saint-Domingue, but he did not seek independence from France so not to anger Napoleon. Napoleon was angered and sent troops to re-establish French control, but the military was beaten back, and in 1804, Haiti was established (Bentley, et al., 2008). From 1810-1825, the Creoles gained independence from all Spanish colonies except for Cuba and Puerto Rico. Mexico gained its independence in September of 1810, and in 1825, the Central American Federation was formed. In 1838, the Federation split, forming the sovereign states of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Simon Bolivar was in charge of the revolutions in South America. By 1825, Creole armies had overthrown Spanish rulers all through South America. Bolivar tried to merge South American countries into colonies like the United States but he was unable to do so (Bentley,
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