What Were The International Events Happened During The Time Of Rizal?


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Two important international events that occurred during the time of José Rizal (full name Protacio Rizal Mercado Alonzo y Realonda), were:

• The French Revolution.
• The American Civil War.

The American Civil occurred from the years 1861 to 1865, the last shot was fired on 9th June 1865. The war started when eleven Southern states (sometimes referred to as slave states) declared secession from the United States and proceeded to form the Confederacy, a shortened name for the Confederate States of America. This Confederacy was led by Jefferson Davis, who lead the fight again the United States for their independence.

The United States was supported by twenty free states where slavery was already abolished. After four years of devastating battle, the Confederacy surrendered and several great results emerged:

• There was a Union victory.
• Reconstruction took place.
• The territorial integrity of the United States remained preserved.
• Slavery was abolished everywhere.

The French Revolution took place between the years 1789 and 1799. This period was considered to a time of extreme political and social upheaval in French history, and the rest of Europe.

During the time of the Revolution, the monarchy that had ruled over France for over three centuries was brought down in three years.

Once the monarchy disappeared, traditional French society started to undergo changes as aristocratic, feudal and religious privileges that had previously existed started to disappear too. This was the result of constant attack from left-wing political groups and mobs of people on the street.

The French revolution resulted in several events:

• Napoleon Bonaparte rose up.
• French monarchy was abolished and replaced with a democratic republic.
• There were radical social changes to ideas about inalienable rights and citizenship.
• Other European countries were met in armed conflict.

Experts in history say that the French revolution was just the beginning of a series of events that would shape modern France.

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