Venezuela's Revolution

Venezuela's Revolution

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  • Once upon a time there was this beautiful Latin America country named Venezuela. Venezuela was dominated by a planter elite, called hacendados (creoles, peninsulares, and mestizos) who were under Spanish rule.
  • The year 1800 began by Venezuelans disapproving Spain's control over them.  Creoles started to resent Spain for high taxes, limited opportunities, and mismanagement of the colony. They wanted  greater social, political, or economic equality in the colony, which meant opposing the Spanish government.
  • Then comes a major event which was when Napoleon the ruler of France overthrows the King of Spain in 1810. This event horrified many people so creoles decided to held a meeting in Caracas declaring a provisional independence until Spanish monarchy was restored.
  • King Louis of Spain
  • Napoleon
  • The  First Venezuelan Republic began, with radicals in the government such as Simon Bolivar, Jose Felix and Francisco de Miranda. These persons pushed for unconditional independence on  July 5, 1811 and congress approved it.  Venezuela became the first South American nation to end all ties with Spain.
  • Venezuela we approve your independence
  • During 1814-1819 Venezuela was devastated by roving royalist and patriot armies that fought one another. In 1817 Bolivar had Piar arrested because he did not acknowledge one another's authority. This made others generally accept Bolivars leadership but war between the royalist and patriots still continued.
  • Patriots vs Royalists 
  • Then the two important battles that led them to victory happened. One of them was the battle of Boyaca in 1819 where Bolivar crosses the Andes and crushed the Spanish army.  Then came the battle of Carabobo which resulted in a victory and secured Venezula's independence by Spain finally recognizing their independence.
  • We wont be able to retake our region. Lets leave and let them be independent 
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