Unit 3: Enlightenment and Nationalist Revolutions

  • Montesquieu's Book

    Montesquieu publishes his book "On the Spirit of Laws" which gives the idea of checks and balances. This means that the seperation of powers would keep anyone from getting all the control of a government.
  • America Declares Independence

    With the Declaration of Independence finished, colonists declared independence and freedom from the British because the King did not protect their rights.
  • French Revolution

    The national assembly is created giving the 3rd estate the power in making decisions for the people. Women broke into the KIng's palace rioting because of the rising price of bread. The National Assembly creates the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizens which stated their freedoms.
  • Napoleon Begins

    Napoleon had his troops surround the national legislature, and forced most of the members out. Lawmakers voted to dissolve the Directory and made Napoleon the first consul, and Napoleon became the leader of France.
  • Haiti Gets Freedom

    After more than a decade of fighting for freedom, Jean-Jaques Dessalines declared the colony of Haiti free, and was the first black colony to declare freedom from a Europeon nation.
  • Napoleon Starts Europeon Empire

    With the French voters supporting him, Napoleon makes himself emporer, being crowned by the pope, and begins his conquest of Europe.
  • Padre Hidalgo Calls for Mexican Independence

    He was poor but well eeducated, and rang the bellls in his church to bring all the peasents together, and called for a rebellion against the Spanish.
  • Napoleon at Waterloo

    After escaping from Elba, Napoleon attacks British troops at a village called Waterloo, and Prussian forces show up to help the Britsh who win the battle. It ended Napoleon's reign and he was exiled to St. Helena where he died.