Impact of Imperialism on Latin America and Southeast Asia

comparative Essay
1373 words
1373 words

Around the 1700s regions in Europe were using the method of imperialism to not only expand but to economically benefit as well. Thus imperialism was not only a form of government but also a form of economy. Furthermore it is when regions extend their power and wealth through their military force and diplomacy. Specifically speaking the Spaniards and British were two different groups of Europeans who colonized different regions around the world. As a result of doing so, the Spaniards who conquered Latin America and the British who conquered Southeast Asia causes depopulation along with cultural changes within the land they colonized.

In the year of 1492, the Queen and King of Spain developed thoughts of strengthening their power and seeking new sources of wealth. This being stated the Queen and King had agreed on financing Christopher Columbus’s expedition, hoping it would bring the kingdom wealth (Ellis 2004). On October 12 Columbus had discovered a new location, due to this discovery; Latin America had been colonized by the Spanish conquistadors sent by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Overall, Latin America had been colonized for the sake of seeking wealth (Ellis 2004). Obtaining gold was the simple way of gaining wealth. Gold was the resource that attracted Spaniards to the Island of Hispaniola, because it was also King Ferdinand's interest (De la Riva 2003 ). Thus it ended up becoming the ultimate goal of the Christian Spaniards sent to Hispaniola to acquire gold and swell themselves in riches. (Las Casas 1552).Trading was also the key to getting wealthy; the more resources available for trade the more wealth will be gained. Resources in the New World attracted the Spanish conquistadors to Latin America; it was also what he...

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...on (Ellis 2004). Although both Latin America and Southeast Asia had undergone depopulation, the decline in population was excessive in Latin America, while Southeast Asia had a minimal decline in population. Latin Americas decrease in population was due to killing conducted by Spaniards, suicide and diseases. On the contrary Southeast Asia's decrease in population was due to battles, rebellions and famine.

The two main effects Imperialism in Latin America and Southeast Asia were cultural changes and depopulation. Cultural changes in Latin America was the practice of syncretic religions, while in Southeast Asia it was the establishment of Western Education. The decline in population was excessive in Latin America, when in fact it was minimal for Southeast Asia.

Works Cited

(Las Casas 1552)

(Ellis 2004)

(De la Riva 2003)

(Cortes 1519)

(Adas 2011)

In this essay, the author

  • Explains how the spanish and british colonized different regions around the world through imperialism.
  • Explains that the spanish conquistadors colonized latin america for the sake of wealth. the abundance of resources helped hernan cortes convince king charles i to conquer tenochtitlan.
  • Explains that the british and french had a turbulent global rivalry between them, which led to the rise of british raj. the desire of gaining wealth is the second reason why britain colonized india.
  • Explains the development and practice of syncretic religions in latin america, based on the juxtaposition and coexistence of african derived elements and catholic symbols.
  • Explains how the establishment of western education in india and latin america created cultural changes.
  • Explains how imperialism changed the population of latin america and southeast asia. the spaniards killed indigenous people for gold, and the island of hispaniola was the first land in the new world.
  • Compares the decline in population in latin america and southeast asia with the decrease in south asia due to the battle at plassey, the sepoy rebellion and famine.
  • Explains that the two main effects of imperialism in latin america and southeast asia were cultural changes and depopulation.
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