Independence Essay

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After the 13 colonies gained their independence, many of the America’s colonies was influenced by this revolution and took part into gaining their own independence just like Mexico’s independence, in which it shared some common and uncommon traits compared to the U.S. Independence. Some of the main commons and uncommon traits are the leaders, ideas, the independence experience, institutions and society.
In August 1521 Hernan Cortes and his army of conquistadors conquered the Aztec empire and it is now known as Mexico. But the earliest revolt was led by Martin Cortes, an illegitimate son of Hernan Cortes. From this point many of the plots of revolt goal is to end the Spanish rule which was ...view middle of the document...

Writers like Thomas Paine stated in his Common Sense “Whenever war breaks out between English and foreign power trade of America goes to ruin because of her connection with Britian.” Statements like this help usher in the rage of the colonies to create the rebellion. Various battles have taken place and the colonist elected George Washington as their commander. Through great leadership the continental army was able to persist and ultimately defeated the British on the Battle of Saratoga Springs in 1777. Finally through the Treaty of Paris that was signed in September 3, 1783 the war was over resulting into Great Britain releasing its ties with the 13 colonies.
Through this small simplistic summary of the Mexican Independence and American Independence many historians can point out some of the common traits of these two independence movement. The first similarity was that these two independence involve in breaking away from the European countries. The U.S. was breaking its ties with the British and the Mexican Independence was devoted into ending the Spanish rule in Mexico. Second similarity is that both had been influenced by enlightment ideas. The enlightment started and people started questioning the current structure of governance. Plus the Mexican Independence was inspired by the American and French revolution. Third similarity was that the leaders that led the opposing army were all people with status within the European country. For example George Washington was a British soldier before the revolution occurred and Father Hidalgo was a priest that only wanted to help others. Both also formed institutions such Continental Congress for the U.S. and then Mexico had the Committee of Chilpancingo, to regulate law or as a form of government. They both have armies that mostly consisted of lower classes. So every man can tell that these had some similarities and the last one is that these revolutions started because people wanted to change and take oppression away from the Americas.
Although between these two independence movement, there a various differences between the two. First of all these two independence movement have different leaders that led them to victory. The American Independence have George Washington, Nathanael Greene, Horatio Gates, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Marquis de La Fayette, Comte de Stuffren, Bernardo de Galvez, Luis de Cordova, and Juan de Langara while the Mexican Independence leaders composed of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Jose Maria Morelos, Francisco Javier Mina, Vicente Guerrero, and Agustin de Iturbide. Plus during this the leaders differ between the two independence because in the Mexican Independence the leaders are those who took over the moment after a leader dies. Like when Father Hidalgo died, Jose Maria Morelos set in and took command. While in the U.S. Independence George Washington lived and led the Continental Army.
The second differences between these two independence movements have different...

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