5th Grade Declaration of Independence Inquiry Why Do Countries Declare Independence?



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Featured Source A includes a table listing the dates of the initial declarations of independence in the Western Hemisphere. Featured Source B includes source packets for three Western Hemisphere countries: Haiti, Mexico, and Venezuela. Each packet includes the following.

  1. A summary of the independence movement in the country.

  2. An excerpt from the country’s declaration of independence.

  3. A map of the region before and after independence.



Supporting Question 4


Featured Source

Source A: Table, dates and locations of independence declarations in Latin America, 1776–1838




Country

Date of the Declaration

Region

United States

July 4, 1776

North America

Haiti

January 1, 1804

Caribbean

Colombia

July 20, 1810

South America

Venezuela

July 5, 1811

South America

Argentina

July 9, 1816

South America

Chile

February 12, 1818

South America

Peru

July 28, 1821

South America

Guatemala

September 15, 1821

Central America

El Salvador

September 15, 1821

Central America

Nicaragua

September 15, 1821

Central America

Costa Rica

September 15, 1821

Central America

Mexico

September 28, 1821

Central America

Panama

November 28, 1821

Central America

Brazil

September 7, 1822

South America

Bolivia

August 6, 1825

South America

Uruguay

August 25, 1825

South America

Ecuador

May 13, 1830

South America

Honduras

October 26, 1838

Central America

Paraguay

November 25, 1838

South America

Created for the New York State K–12 Social Studies Toolkit by Binghamton University, 2015. Adapted from David Armitage, The Declaration of Independence: A Global History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Press, 2007: pp. 145–156.

Supporting Question 4


Featured Source

Source B: Source packets: Declarations of independence, maps, and key facts related to independence movements in Haiti, Venezuela, and Mexico, 1804–1821
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