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I agree with the statement that the growing acceptance of ideas and attitudes associated with modernization and Europeanizism that essentially caused the movement toward Spanish American Independence but disagree that no other factors were involved There was a huge underlying factor involved and that was the resentment of Peninsulars by the Creoles The resentment of the Peninsulars by the Creoles has been fermenting over a century and more Where the Peninsulars under a Pre-Bourbon Crown held a lot of power and privileges over the Creoles in terms of political offices and large industry What we see is a Latin American Society now grown up and in a rebellious teenage like state being coerced by a role model Western Nations against their parents Spain Bourbon Reforms Entreprenuralism Freetrade and Modernization are some of the factors that helped push Spanish American to seek Independence To begin we must start with the Bourbon Reforms and freetrade examine their role in this process The death of Charles II in November of 1700 marked the end of an era in Spanish history and the beginning of another Charles decided on the french Philip Anjou to succeed him But England was very alarmed over the idea that there would be a union of France and Spain and this precipitated the War for the Spanish Succession that lasted from 1702 to 1713 The war ended with the treaty of Utrecht which granted to England Gibraltar Minorca and some important trade concessions in the Spanish Indies and a guarantee against a future accommodation between France and Spain In addition a later peace treaty gave the Spanish Netherlands and Spains Italian possessions to Austria This was a humiliating defeat for Spain and left the country with a deep and pervasive sense of pessimism and defeatism The new established peace allowed for the implementation of
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