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Amaru, Batallas, Alberdi and Latin American Politics

            Post-colonial Latin America saw a rise in political participation from members of its society. These included the Spanish, elites, middle classes, lower classes, slaves and caudillos. They were all in a social struggle to voice their opinion and shape Latin America the way they wanted it to be. Many achieved these means through political participation but the way they participated varied based on who they were in society and what resources they were able to have access to. Three different individuals who served as examples were, Tupac Amaru II, Batallas and Juan Bautista Alberdi. Tupac Amaru leads a revolt against the ruling Spanish as his political participation. Batallas tests the court system in post Latin America to further her cause. Alberdi on the other hand reasons for the allowing of immigration from Europe as his argument. However different their methods of political participation may have been they all had one goal, to change or alter their communities. .
             Sometimes a method of political participation for some was violence. We see this through Tupac Amaru II. Amaru was the leader of an indigenous uprising in 1780 against the Spanish in Peru. He led the native and mestizo peasants against the Bourbon Reforms, a set of economic and political legislation introduced by the Spanish. Amaru and his followers felt the reforms to be unfair and unjust which lead to their fallout with the Spanish. Kurakas such as Tupac pleaded with corredigors in the courts for leniency from the reforms and for recognition of their heritage and the local stability they maintained. In response the reformers, however, "had little sympathy with kurakasand saw them as an unfortunate vestige of the Inca" (Walker, pg. 24). Amaru saw how his people were suffering under the reforms and the impact it had on his people. Walker states that the "Bourbon Reforms.were not an abstraction for Tupac Amaru and the indigenous people of southern Cuzco; they were a daily grievance, corroding their social, political and economic standing" (Walker, pg.

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