Fellows Forum - Jefferson and South America: Revolutionary Problems and Independence Struggles, 1786-1823
Join Edward Pompeiank, PhD Candidate in American History, William and Mary Jefferson and South America: Revolutionary Problems and Independence Struggles, 1786-1823.
The Spanish American independence movements were some of the most important world events of Thomas Jefferson's time. After 1810, Jefferson espoused clear opinions about the "great political experiment.opening in our neighborhood." South America's political prospects both attracted and demanded Jefferson's attention long before, however. This forum will discuss Jefferson's engagement with the political, diplomatic, and economic challenges that Spanish American revolution and independence posed to the young United States. It will focus on his management of the diplomatic and political fallout of Francisco Miranda's revolutionary expedition against Caracas in 1806 and Jefferson's position on U.S. recognition of the first independent governments in Spanish America.