Why is that the territory colonized by Portugal remains 1 country, and the territory colonized by Spain are now 17 different countries? Theories?
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It has to do with territorial organization.
Brazil was very centralized and united even with Portugal, to the point that the Portuguese monarchy fled to Brazil to escape Napoleon's conquest.
Hispanic America was always divided into pretty much autonomous Virreinos, Capitanias Generales, each which gained its independence at different times.
Because the Poortuguese are like marriages of conveniences, they can't afford to break up.
Effective military occupation. Pic is ancient Portuguese fort in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.
Basically what happened with Belize desu.
We gave the bongs a small sliver of land so they could chop down mahogany and like the perfidious cockroaches they are, they spread south and westward until they nearly cucked us from a caribbean coast.
The Spaniards didn't give a shit because it was completely unpopulated territory.
Most of the western territories were pretty much vacant until Marshall Rondon's expeditions and economic incentives during the 20th century, it is really easy to hold your territorial claims when there's no other party to contest it.
Major secessionist movements were successfully crushed during the imperial regime.
Yeah, But Rio Branco settled our frontiers way way before. Plus we always had frontier fortifications, specially in the North. You know how that region is a fragile sovereignity in Brazilian psyché.
>You will never know what would have happened if Portugal got fucked and the monarchy had to settle here
I mean, not saying being ruled by Portugal would be good but i am really curious to see how they would have influenced our culture and political situation
>we always had frontier fortifications
Anon, are you from Acre?
Yugoslavia was a federation with each state supposedly having equal amounts of power, like Gran Colombia (and like Gran Colombia all of the power stayed in the capital with the ruling class)
Austro-Hungary was an Empire that didn't pretend to give the constituent nations any power.
Also, the cultural differences between a Colombian and a Venezuelan are as large as the ones between a Slovenian and a Croat.
A lot of the Amazon wasn't even conquered, Portugal just kind of claimed it and no one cared enough to say no because it's a terrible place to garrison armies. It's why you guys still have undiscovered tribes.
Your post made me sad with the Brazilian education.
its not about that, i am just surprised, never mind them
Imagine how beautiful this place would be if slavs colonized it first
Unless I'm misinterpretating your post, I'm pretty sure that Portugal got fucked over and the royal family had to flee that country back in 1808, during the Napoleonic Wars. In fact, you could say that it catalyzed the independence movement in Brazil.
There were major fortification in Belém and Manaus IIRC
Russian settlers in Brazil.
>tfw the Fall of the RFCA would have been prevented had Morazan not moved the capital to San Salvador
The issue was mainly about who'd rule the whole country. Most of the military officers were from the capitancy of Venezuela and they were huge Bolivarboos.
Bolivar wanted to install a dictatorship and it was hinted that he wanted to become a king (Napoleon was fresh back then) and there existed in Colombia a pro-civilian political current bigger than those in Venezuela and Ecuador (who was heavily clerical compared to Colombia and Venezuela)
Some of those civilists who opposed Bolivar tried to kill him unsuccesfully, rendering unto themselves the wrath of the venezuelan officers. There were some executions and some of what was needed to part ways from each other.
Also, the Great Colombia was already fragmented (GEOGRAPHY, M8... it could take weeks to dispatch something from the capital to the busiest port) and there was a lame political cohesion since the beginning.
>tfw when getting girls was never easier for me than in my time in ecuador
works the other way around too though. pretty sure a columbian wouldnt have difficulties getting a german gf.
>tfw your tiny and irrelevant country has coasts in two oceans
>Use a proxy or get out spic
I would if I know how
Not at all. They had one civilization that ended 1300 years ago because they couldn't manage their resources
Just keep walking south til you hit Mexico and continue on south after that
Would have been interesting to see the shitshow desu
Brazil would have had to cross impenetrable jungle and climb an extremely high mountain range just to get reinforcements to the front lines and Peruvians/Bolivians are notoriously shit at war.
We would just send the navy. We could have made coastal settlements then expand from there. But as I said before, Brazil never wanted this, and it would have to really really want to, because the costs would be high at the time.
Mostly irrelevant at the time. A large part of our revenue came from raw material exports (coffee, sugar, minerals). The consumer markets were pretty much over the Atlantic (Europe and perhaps the USA).
Territorial organization and personal gain. Most vice-royalties had the proper claims to their countries, not to mention that a centralized government over such a mountainous and expansive territory would be complicated. In modern day however, It would actually make sense for a unified latin-american state to exist with the ease of communication and travel, we're a lot closer culturally as separated countries than some nations are, but pointless revanchism would never allow that to happen.
There were many attempts for the establishment of some sort of a relatively loose, political or economical alliance between the Latin American countries, MERCOSUR being arguably the most successful.
I believe there is a project for military cooperation, which is UNASUR. Do you think that there are any chances that this project could be successful at fulfilling these objectives?
The viceroy's of of New Spain and Peru split their territories into Viceroyalty "kingdoms". Portugal had only one viceroy Representative. Brazil was kept intact only because of Pedro the I crushing most of his rivals Cisplatina riots for indepdents, bahia riots for indepedence, etc.
>made the americas to one infinite potatoe farm