Latin America Project


American Revolution

1776 - 1789

The American Revolution provided a model of how colonies could break with the mother country.

French Revolution

1789 - 1799

The French Revolution provoked great interest in Latin America.

Slave Rebellion


Slaves under Overture successfully overthrew the colonial government of St. Domingue and established the independent republic of Haiti.

Haiti Declares Independence


Portuguese Royalty


Portuguese royalty fled to Brazil because of a French invasion. A government in exile was set up.

France Invades Portugal and Spain


A general insurrection erupted and was followed by a long guerrilla war.

Spanish-American Wars

1808 - 1825

Spanish-American Wars of Independence.

Rebellion in Mexico begins


Rebellion in Mexico began under Hidalgo. It failed due to lack of Creole support.

Venezuela Independence

July 5, 1811

Venezuela declared independence July 5, 1811 to break away from dependence of Spanish crown and establish a new nation.

Bolivar Defeats

1817 - 1822

Bolivar defeated Spanish forces in Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador to from Gran Colombia.

Second Revolution


A second revolutionary movement with more Creole support broke out.

King Returns to Portugal


Post-Independence Economy of Latin America

1820 - 1850

The post-independence economy of Latin America remained stagnant.

Mexico Independence

September 1821

Mexico declares independence. Iturbide is emperor. Mexico becomes a monarchy.

King's Son Proclaims Independence


Brazil declares independence and Brazil becomes a monarchy.

Monroe Doctrine


The U.S. supported the independence movement through the Monroe Doctrine.

San Martin carries The Revolution


San Martin carried the revolution into the most conservative colony of Peru and defeated the Spanish forces there.

Spanish Independence


All of Spanish South America had won independence.

Bolivar's attempt to unify northern South America failed


Juan Manuel de Rosas


A conservative government under Juan Manuel de Rosas replaced the liberals.

Mexico becomes a republic


Central American States


Central American States split into independent nations and Mexico separated from Central America.

Central America initial attempts


In Central America initial attempts to form a unified government gave way to individual states.

Peru and Bolivia form separate governments.


Mexican-American War

1846 - 1848

The U.S. won and forced the cession of Texas, California, and much of Mexico's territory north of the Rio Grande River.

Caste War in Yucatan

1847 - 1855

State Development


Enhanced trade permitted greater state development such a constructions of roads and railroads.

Reform in Mexico


Benito Juarez leads reform in Mexico.

Liberal Governments


Latin America economy enhancement led to liberal governments.

Argentine Republic was Created


French Overthrow Republic

1862 - 1867

French overthrew the republic and placed Maximilian on the throne as emperor. However in 1867, the French withdrew and liberals returned to power under Benito Juarez.

War of the Triple Alliance

1865 - 1870

Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay against Paraguay.

10 year War against Spain in Cuba

1868 - 1878

1st school for girls in Mexico was created


Brazil and Cuba abolish slavery

1886 - 1888

Fall Of Brazilian Empire


Fall Of Brazilian Empire. Republic was established.

Spanish-American War.

1895 - 1898

U.S. got Cuba and Puerto Rico. U.S. backed Panama's independence movement in return for rights of control of the Panama canal.

Panamanian Independence


Beginning of Panama canal.