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Latin America was a relatively new region to the Western European explorers. Between 1492 and 1914, the Latin American colonies boomed into economic success due to the resources that were found in these areas

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Change Over Time Essay Latin America was a relatively new region to the Western European explorers. Christopher Columbus, a European explorer, arrived in the West Indies in what he thought was Asia in 1492. He probably would never have expected that this region would be a great source of resources that would be traded for different goods across the Atlantic. Between 1492 and 1914, the Latin American colonies boomed into economic success due to the resources that were found in these areas. They were sent to places such as Europe and the African colonies owned by some European nations in exchange for other goods. The methods of trade and the products traded varied over time, especially after the industrialization of most of the colonies in Latin America. Trade began in the days of Columbus. ...read more.

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Forcing the Latin American natives to do work was still being enforced until a new trade system was developed. By this time, in the 1500s, more nations had sent their own explorers to find and colonize areas in Latin America for their own economic gain like Portugal, who claimed Brazil, and France, who claimed the western parts of Haiti. These nations became very wealthy by exploiting most of the resources and, like Spain, forcing the natives to work. The natives couldn't fight back mostly due to the fact that they were vulnerable to disease and their technology was obsolete compared to that of the Europeans. The work the natives would put in would go on to aid the success of one of the biggest trading systems in history; Triangle Trade between America, Europe, and Africa. ...read more.

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An example of this would be the Haitian Slave Revolution, which granted the Haitian colony independence and, most importantly, abolished slavery in the Haitian colony, which harmed economic success in this area. A man named Toussaint l'Ouverture, a former slave, would aid in the restoration of prosperity in the new nation by beginning trading with the British and renewing ties with Europe. The success of Haitian relationships with Europe would became an model example for the other colonies to follow, even after their independence. The trading systems in Latin America underwent major changes while some methods were better left alone. Harvesting crops and exporting was and will always be a success while the advancements in technology makes the systems work more efficiently. The Industrial Revolution was influenced heavily by the social and political revolutions and vice-versa. The greed experienced by the early Europeans went on to establish some powerful new nations while some nations struggled to stay on top. ...read more.

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