Centuries of European domination of North and South America began to erode and eventually mostly disappear when a courageous group of English subjects signed their names to a proclamation written by Thomas Jefferson on the July 4, 1776. The world would change forever when that declaration was signed.
Its worldwide effect is best described by Francisco Saavedra de Sangronis, a Spanish diplomat and finance minister to the West Indies.
“What is not being thought about at present, what ought to occupy the whole attention of politics, is the great upheaval that in time the North American revolution is going to produce in the human race.”
The first to break away from European domination was America, soon to be named the United States. Next came Mexico (1810 to 1821) and Central and South American countries eventually named Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and the other Spanish colonies south to Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).