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There are several reasons why Latin American movements for independence did not fulfill the high expectations of their protagonists First of all it is important to look at why the Latin Americans craved independence and indeed there were many causes for this These causes included the French Revolution the Enlightenment Spains increasing inability to provide colonial defense and other needs and more importantly the Imperial Crisis Under the influence of the Enlightenment and the American and French revolutions leaders of independence movements in Latin America were clearly inspired more by concepts of liberty and sovereignty than by the ideal of creating a cultural nation-state that fired the imaginations and struggles of the romantic European nationalists in later decadesStavenhagen R Vol 45 Issue 2 p421 The Imperial Crisis pretty much caused the collapse of the Spanish governmental system During this time many of the people in Spain became uncomfortable with the changes that were taking place which included the occupation of many French armies in Spain The Spaniards began to fight a series of small wars while the Spanish leaders argued about who should take the kings place in Spain the rebellions insurgencies and counterinsurgencies that led to independence for Spanish America were wars in every sense of the word httpehostvgw5epnetcomehostaspkey2041791221308000-1207685194siteehostreturnncustideaccprofileasp This predicament aggravated by outside forces and thus outside the Spanish political system was the spark that ignited the blaze of independence movements The independence of Latin America from Portugal and Spain can be seen with the world economy the direct means was supplied by historical events in Europe Napoleons invasion of the Iberian Peninsula At the end of the eighteenth century Latin America was going through many of the same pressures for free trade that created the classical liberalism of Adam Smith in Great Britain Commercial enterprises and plantation owners in Latin America discovered that they could make more money by selling products on the international market rather than selling their
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