Latin American Revolutions In The 19th Century

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If the revolutions of the 19th century had never occurred, slavery and dependence might still exist today. Many nations before this era were controlled by larger states, but after the age of reason, leaders began to change their view of political structure within government. In France, the lower class was able to take over the king and change their position from subjects to citizens. The Haitian revolution brought freedom for slaves as they were previously restrained from it by the society. In Latin America, personalities joined forces to unify new, independent states. From revolts fueled by communities to the liberal demands of powerful leaders, dissension triggered the French, Latin American, and Haitian revolutions to relatively abolish slavery and strongly encourage nationalism. Arguably, the revolutions in Haiti,…show more content…
Revolutions that began in Haiti relatively ended slavery in the colony. For instance, when the upper class ignored calls for independence by the 500,000 slaves in Haiti (which provided labor for crop plantations) L’Ouverture eventually rose as the strong representative for abolitionism and equal rights. By 1801, he controlled Haiti and generated the first successful revolution against a European country in Latin America. Since the enslaved population was the largest group in Haiti, independence meant eliminating social inequality, inadvertently abolishing slavery. Subsequently, the French revolution also triggered social change by abolishing slavery to a moderate degree. Explained by Olympe de Gouges, a French politician in 1788, "The color of people's skin only suggests a slight difference. There is no discord between day and night, the sun and the moon…All is varied…Why destroy nature's work?" Here, it is clear that enlightened ideals believed by people contradicted the social

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