No Respect For The Creoles: The Creoles felt like they were being ignored when Spain put native-born Spaniards in important government positions.
Hey! How come I'm getting ignored! I'm a Creole!
I'm sorry, what did you just say? I wasn't paying any attention.
Americans, Not Spaniards: The Creoles began to feel more pride for the colonies they came from. They preferred to be called Americans, rather than Spaniards.
WE ARE CREOLES AND WE ARE PROUD!!
We will be called Spaniards no longer. From now on, we will be called Americans!
Spain Weakened: In 1788, Charles IV became the king of Spain. He was a very weak leader and he spent most of his time hunting. He made his ministers rule while he was away, which was a lot of the time.
My name is Charles IV and I am the new king of Spain. Ministers, you will rule while I am away hunting!
Racism: In Spain, citizens with "pure Spanish heritage" were in the elite class. Those who had a drop of black or native blood were considered lower than everyone else and were in the lower class.
Lower Class Citizens
Higher Class Citizens
Napoleon Invades Spain: Napoleon was tired of Spain not being a "effective ally" so he decided to invade them. He invaded Spain and Portugal quickly in 1808. He replaced Charles IV with his brother, Joseph Bonaparte, as the ruler of Spain. The Spaniards didn't like Spain being ruled by a French leader.
Spain is currently a terrible ally. I'm going to invade them.
Ok. Can I rule Spain since I have nothing better to do?