Essay: Revolution Compare and Contrast



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Essay: Revolution Compare and Contrast

Joshua Kim

November 14, 2007

Mr. Spivey

KIS, World History Lv. 9
Most of the revolutions that are mentioned in history have to do with the general population’s grudge and lack of satisfaction at the method the government handles situations. Also it is known as the time where new thoughts, and individual opinions that oppose certain authorities and strive for big change in the society. However, even though the broad goals and motivations or some components for such periods are similar, the revolutions themselves, the causes, sequence and consequences can be vastly dissimilar. Such as the Mexican Independence Revolution and the Haitian Revolution are two different events that may be compared.

To begin with, the Mexican Revolution took place in Central America, which at the time was Spain’s land. The Haitian Revolution revolved around the French and the problems they had. The causes of both revolutions are extremely identical, as those who lived correspondingly in New Spain and Haiti were treated unfairly. Especially slaves and practitioners, but even those of the mother land’s descent had lower status for just living in a land far away, or engaging with one of the people native to the new land. These people called Creoles and Mulattos played part of the cause as anger built up from being ignored by originals. Also the well-known French Revolution inspired both those in New Spain and the Haitians.

The ignition of the revolutions that was explained showed corresponding points for the beginning of the dramatic changes. In spite of the similar factors in both, the courses or actions that were taken put the differences far apart to be comprehensible. For within the Haitian Revolution, the slaves that were treated in inhumane manners by the French were the ones who stood up as a united army, holding the same goals to be free. On the other end, in the Mexican Revolution however, no slaves or unfairly treated practitioners tried to stand. A man named Miguel Hidalgo, a priest whom disagreed with the ways of the kingdom of Spain and angered at the poor treatment of his fellow Indian slaves and practitioners was the man that lead off the first revolt of New Spain. Unlike the Haitian revolt where all the slaves rose together to fight under an x-slave general, Toussaint L’ Ouverture, the Mexican Revolution had a man of quite a higher status quo kick off with a rebellion. Another variance of the two independence eras is the proceeding of the actual revolution. As the Mexican revolt was more like a light switch, where revolts were crushed and rose again, and then crushed in a repeating process for several times. The Haitian change went on a course where there might have been a hindrance, but the riot was a success and kept at a constant pace with an added bonus in which a French commissioner, Leger Felicite Sonthonax, set slaves free.

Nevertheless, the revolutions of both New Spain and Haiti came to be not in vain. Obtaining victory from their first generation class came independence for the countries. With all those in Haiti gaining the rights to speak and express ideas to the government, as well as have freedom and liberty came as a refreshing aftereffect. For New Spain or Mexico, independence was gained through three conditions called the Iquala Plan, (1)Mexico would be an independent monarchy governed by a transplanted King Ferdinand or some other conservative European prince, (2)criollos and peninsulares would henceforth enjoy equal rights and privileges, (3)and the Roman Catholic Church would retain its privileges and religious monopoly. The plan pleased both liberals and patriots, thus acquiring independence.



Revolutions are the many flips and turns on the line of history. They are recorded down for their many diversities and similarities. As the historians observe the repeating process of history and at the same time, the varying events occurring during resembling incidents. The path of history can be predicted through many ways. By doing so, as the mathematicians of history, we’re able to go through the anatomy of a revolution and be able to give the word a meaning to describe changes in history.


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