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Prior to its independence Latin America had been controlled by external forces for hundreds of years To be freed of control from these outside interests did not in any way guarantee Latin America a return to the status quo In fact the inhabitants of Latin America had done very well in assimilating their in house controllers They adopted European language religion color and just about everything else that the European culture had to offer them Although they were free to do as they please and run their own affairs in the global neighborhood as we know it they struggled to create an entity for themselves They embody too much of what is not native to their region yet the people that used to represent their land 500 years earlier were a truly unique culture Let us go back to that point in time and trace the route Latin America has taken from an isolated civilization with a unique independent culture to a Europeanized puppet continent with little cultural identity Latin America began as a secluded land of aboriginal inhabitants that was cut off from the rest of the world It was first discovered by Europeans while trying to find more efficient trade routes to India and China These Europeans noticed the vast resources present in Latin America and smelled money Europeans are very greedy and would do anything for their country if it meant higher social status when they returned Soon the monarchs of their respective countries were sponsoring conquests and colonization of the Latin American lands in turn for profits and goods from the lands they took Due to the tropical climate that encompasses most of Latin America colonization meant growing sugar on plantations in the coastal regions of the continent Labor was the main expense of this operation so enslaving the natives and putting them to work on these plantations seemed like the most economically sensible thing to do This was the first
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