Simon Bolivar: The Latin America’s Liberator Regarded as Latin America’s greatest genius, Simon Bolivar in his days was of international renown. There are few figures in history of Europe, Asia, Africa and United States who display his unique combination of strength, character, weakness, temperament, poetic power and prophetic vision that defined him. He played a key role in the independence from Spain of present-day countries of Bolivia (named after him), Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Peru. During Latin America’s struggle for independence, Bolivar led audacious military attacks against royalists and Spanish armies; one of those attacks in New Granada is considered one of the most daring in military history all over the world (Langley
The Spanish empire had become the biggest European empire since ancient Rome. As stated in an article called Spanish Colonization Introduction it states "and Spain used the wealth of the Americas to finance nearly endless warfare in Europe, protecting the Americas with a vast navy and powerful army and bringing Catholicism to the New World" which means they were using the money they were making from the America's for their own uses.
Porfirio Díaz was the President of Mexico from 1877 to 1911, for more than thirty-five years. He played a significant role in bringing about the Mexican Revolution. Díaz established a strong centralized government, and throughout his presidency he controlled everything as an absolute ruler. During his reign, which was one of Mexico 's longest lasting and most stable in terms of politics, he completely repressed and eliminated opposition through governing by his own rule with an iron fist. Even though Díaz is considered as one of the most prominent dictators of Mexico, he left a strong print in the history of Mexico while laying the foundations that made the current country.
While the Spanish inquisition was going on back in Spain, a representative of Spain named Pizarro was taking over an entire colony. Pizarro's company of 168 won against Atahuallpa's army of 7,000 using a few advantages other than numbers. Pizarro was going to win all along, because of his Military advances, Atahuallpa’s ignorance, and his use of an ambush. There are many reasons why the Spaniards won in the battle between them and the Inca. Probably the most useful of those reasons would be their military advances.
Levy tells the story of Hernan Cortes, originally setting sail from Spain, as he sailed from Cuba to the shores of Mexico in 1519, eager about the discovery of new lands. Cortes, as well as many other explorers during this time, was inspired by the Three G’s: God, gold, and glory. He planned to conquer the new lands for Spain, to convert the natives to Catholicism, and to obtain the riches of the land, mostly gold. Conquistador is basically a record of the last days of the Aztec civilization, as the two groups, the Aztecs and the Spaniards, clash, and the Spaniards ultimately come out on top. When Cortes and his men first arrived on the island of Cozumel in 1519, they were unaware that a complex and advanced civilization was just beyond the shores of Mexico.
The Valley was surrounded by high mountains protecting them from any enemies, freshwater from the mountains, marshy lakes that provided them with food, plants, salt and also water for cultivation and agriculture (Nicoletta Maestri, “Aztec Origins and the Founding of TenochtitlÃ¡n - Aztec Tenochtitlan”). About 1250 AD when the Aztecs finally settled and created Teotihuacan, the great city started to grow. It gained so much power that it was the most powerful city in the whole empire. The Aztecs were racing to the height of their success and knowledge. They developed new concepts and number systems.
In the book Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne, we learned of two stories that may not be well known in history, but they are very astonishing. One of the stories is about the Comanches, who may not have been well known but they became one of the most powerful Indian tribes in American history. We learn of the rise and fall of their tribe and how they became known for their extreme fighting abilities. The other story told in this book was the story of Cynthia Ann Parker and her son Quanah, who was a half- blood Indian. The Comanches fought with the white settlers to take control of the American west.
de Aguilar was captured by the Maya, and was able to learn the Chontal Maya language and translated for Cortes. After claiming the land for the Spanish crown, Cortes journeyed inland. In modern-day Tabasco, they won a battle against the people. The vanquished Chontal Maya
First, mercantilism and distribution of resources. As Acemoglu, Johnson and Robinson (2001) say, the main objective of the Spanish and Portuguese colonialists in the 19th century was to obtain gold and silver from America. As a matter of fact, Spanish conquest of American land was directed at first at the Aztec and Inca empire, which, beyond of having large supplies of food and climatic diversity, also possessed enormous amounts of gold and silver (Bakewell 2004, Mann 2005) and had already good economical organisation. Another example was Mexico, which had the largest deposits of silver in the world, and which therefore became one of the key points in the Spanish empire (Hamnett 1999). Nevertheless, Acemoglu (2001) states that for instance the Spanish empire granted rights of exploitation for lands, gold and silver mines, as well as labour, to a few powerful individuals, encomiendadores.
Simon Bolivar fought for 15 years for independence, he never gave up. Simon Bolivar took a stand against a tyrannical leader to fight for freedom, gain independence,and liberty. He stood up to a corrupt government that was under the power of french leader Napoleon. Simon Bolivar’s stand for freedom was one of the greatest of all time, Bolivar led many battles, many failed but those that succeeded changed the way of life in South America. Simon Bolivar saved and freed six South American countries, from the Spanish
Both of these people committed these atrocities in the name of Spain and their country. In order to discover riches and find new flourishing land for the taking. These expeditions did affect their pocket book, giving them treasure from exploring and demolishing the Aztecs and Incas. This certainly impacted the Americas, as there isn’t an Aztec or Inca empire anymore. They came upon the indigenous people with
From this war he was made a major general and was given responsibility to take care of New Orleans. This also started his military reputation and his path to fame. This led to the battle of New Orleans, which was the main British attack. The British attacked three times and they were driven out three times. At the end, the British had 20 times more casualties than the Americas had.
The first European power to set-up permanent settlements in America were the Spanish. The first Spanish permanent base was set up by Nicolas de Ovando, who in 1502 arrived with 2,500 men. Then in 1519 a man named Hernan Cortes conquered the Aztec city using superior military technology and a disease called smallpox. The Aztec City takeover was the key to the Spanish success because they were warriors who were basically superior to their surrounding neighbors. The Aztecs were able to force the barbarian view on others, of course this was before the smallpox epidemic (Foner, 2012, pp.20-21) At this time Spain and Portugal were being enforced with a powerful royal government and religious orthodoxy by exploiting the Muslims and Jews.