On July 5, 1811, Venezuela declared its independence from Spain. Venezuelan colonists rebelled against high taxes and a lack of self-rule. The colonists claimed independence as Napoleon invaded Spain, which threatened Spain’s ability to govern its colonies in the Americas. Although Venezuela declared independence, Spain resisted. The war for self-government continued for more than a decade.
By the 20th century, most Latin American countries had gained independence from colonial powers. Today, the French overseas region of Guiana is the only remnant of European political power in the region.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry decade Noun
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
state or situation of being free.
an attack or move to take possession.
system of government in which national power is invested in one person, usually a king or queen.
to keep something from happening.
any area on Earth with one or more common characteristics. Regions are the basic units of geography.
Encyclopedic Entry: region remnant Noun
something that is left over.
money or goods citizens provide to government in return for public services such as military protection.