Step 1: Web Quest Information Search
- Use the educational websites and maps provided in the links below to answer the questions on your worksheets.
- All the information can be found in the sites below, so there is no reason to go to any other web site.
- Be sure to answer all questions completely, as this will be your resource and information guide to aid you in writing your essays.
Step 2: Essay: Independence Movements
- After you have completed the information/resource guide, you will be ready to begin your essay.
- You will choose 2 of the countries we have studied in Latin America and write a Compare/Contrast Essay detailing the similarities and differences in their paths towards independence.
- In your essay you should include, compare and contrast the following: brief historical background of each country, motivations behind and roots of independence, how was independence achieved, the aftermath of independence, and a critical analysis of similarities and differences in the effects of independence in your two counties.
- I'm looking for developed ideas and analysis, not simply a summary of facts. Tell me why your two countries followed similar or different paths to independence. What conclusions can you make about how independence was achieved?
- Formatting: your essay should be 3-4 pages in length. It should be typed, double-spaced. You should have a title page with your name, class, date, and title. Pages should be numbered. You should include a bibliography with the sources you used in creating your argument. Be sure to proofread your paper for typographical, spelling and grammar errors.
- For more detailed writing guidelines, see attachment entitled "Compare/Contrast Essay Writing Checklist" found in the attachment section of this page.
Macro History and World Report: Independence in Latin America
History World: History of Latin America
Historical Text Archive: Causation and the Spanish American Indpendence Movements
Oberlin: Sources and General Resources on Latin America
Latin American Studies
Fordham University: Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Colonial Latin America
Mi Buenos Aires Querido
Brazilian War of Independence: 1821-1825
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Mexico and Central America
MexOnline: History of Mexican Independence
History World: History of Cuba
The Epic of Independence: Venezuela
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