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Explain the impact of the French Revolution on the Spanish colonies in America.

Topic: French Revolution

1. Explain the impact of the French Revolution on the Spanish colonies in America. (250 words)

Reference:  Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe

Why the question:

The question is from the static portions of GS paper I , part world history.

Key Demand of the question:

Elaborate upon the impact of the French Revolution on the Spanish colonies in America.

Directive:

Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly state what the Revolution was with timelines in the introduction. French Revolution (1789-1799) was a period of social and political upheaval in France resulting in the overthrow of Monarchy and establishing of Republic.

Body:

The French Revolution had a great impact on the French, Portuguese and Spanish colonies in America. The Peninsular War that caused the Napoleonic occupation of Spain made people question their alliance with Spain.

The reign of Charles (1788-1808) coincided with the turbulent French Revolution (1789-1799). The following year France invaded Spain and ravaged its northern provinces, occupying Bilbao and San Sebastian. After initial Spanish resistance, Godoy admitted defeat.

The call for modification of society was influenced by the revolution in France, and once the hope for change found a place in the hearts of the Haitian people, there was no stopping the radical reformation that was occurring.

Conclusion:

Conclude with overall influence and impact.