Between 1776 and 1825, wars for independence erupted all across the Americas, from Boston to Buenos Aires. Within two generations, the vast European colonial empires in the Americas collapsed and 19 new independent nations emerged. These outlines look at these American revolutions, beginning with the outbreak of war in British North America in 1776 and ending with the final defeat of the Spanish in South America in 1825.
By: Marshall C. Eakin, Ph.D.
Professor of History and Department Chair, Vanderbilt University (2004)