High taxes, oppressive working conditions, the Spanish had too many government positions, wealthy families had control over most of the economy (agriculture), slaves had to serve in the military. Napoleon overthrows the government.
between the Juntas and Royalist
Simon Bolivar teams up with Francisco de Miranda
1812 - 1814
They start building an army to get independence from Spain. Spain sent troops to stop uprisings.
Battle of Boyaca
August 7th, 1819
Bolivar defeats the Royalist forces
Bolivar became president
1821 - 1830
He established Gran Colombia (Venezuela, Ecuador, and Colombia).
Spanish recognizes Venezuela's independence
Bolivar wins major victory against Spanish troops at Carabobo.
Gran Colombia Ends
Ecuador, and Venezuela separate from Gran Colombia to become totally independent.
Venezuela's first President
Jose Antonio Paez was the first president of Venezuela.
1870 - 1999
Venezuela was torn by Civil War. 1870-1888 Guzman Blanco brought civil wars to an end. 1999 Venezuela adopts its current constitution