By John Charles Chasteen

ISBN-10: 1435633601

ISBN-13: 9781435633605

In 1808, global heritage took a decisive flip while Napoleon occupied Spain and Portugal, a eu occasion that had lasting repercussions greater than part the realm away, sparking a sequence of revolutions during the Spanish and Portuguese empires of the hot global. those wars for independence resulted ultimately within the construction of 19 self reliant Latin American republics. here's an engagingly written, compact background of the Latin American wars of independence. continuing virtually cinematically, scene via shiny scene, John Charles Chasteen introduces the reader to steer avid gamers, simple suggestions, key occasions, and dominant developments, braided jointly in one, taut narrative. He vividly depicts the members and occasions of these tumultuous years. listed here are the recognized leaders--Simón Bolívar, José de San Martín, and Bernardo O'Higgins, Father Hidalgo and Father Morelos, etc. the following too are lesser identified Americanos: patriot ladies equivalent to Manuela Sáenz, Leona Vicario, Mariquita Sánchez, Juana Azurduy, and Policarpa Salavarrieta, indigenous rebels similar to Mateo Pumacahua, and African-descended generals reminiscent of Vicente Guerrero and Manuel Piar. Chasteen captures the collection forces for independence, the clashes of troops and judgements of leaders, and the wealthy, difficult tapestry of Latin American societies as they embraced nationhood. via the tip of the interval, the leaders of Latin American independence may include classical liberal principles--particularly renowned sovereignty and self-determination--and completely increasing the worldwide achieve of Western political values. at the present time, many of the world's oldest functioning republics are Latin American. And but, Chasteen observes, many be afflicted by a afflicted political legacy that dates again to their beginning. during this e-book, he illuminates this legacy, while he illustrates how the region's dramatic fight for independence issues unmistakably ahead in international heritage.

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Before steam navigation, ascending the Magdalena River was a grueling process. Teams of boatmen, almost always men of African descent, pushed the craft upstream against the strong current using long poles, keeping to the shallows along the bank where the current ran less swiftly (but the tropical sun beat down just as hard). To reach Bogotá from the coast took six weeks on the river and then another three weeks climbing up something that more resembled a mountain Discovering América 15 streambed than a road.

So the two men settled in for a four-month respite, much of which they spent in the library of José Celestino Mutis, one of the first Spanish scientists to apply the Linnaean botanical classification system. In Bogotá, Humboldt found a city locked inside layers of soaring, steep-sloped mountains where, then as now, roads were hard to construct. New Granada appears to have been, by Humboldt’s comparison with Cuba, something of a colonial disappointment. Though populous and enormous, it generated little wealth for Spain.

Meanwhile, a daily slave market outside the window of his new house spoiled Humboldt’s visions of paradise. ”3 The two men would see many, many slaves on the shores of the Caribbean. Only one spot was free of slavery: France’s former sugar colony SaintDomingue, modern Haiti, where the spirit of the French Revolution had helped a slave rebellion become a revolution that destroyed slavery utterly and wiped out the white master class along with it. Cuba, Humboldt’s next planned destination, was Spain’s great experiment in slave-driven plantation agriculture.

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