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upon his mind, that he abdicated her forces might invade their terin favor of his daughter, who was ritories. proclaimed queen of Portugal, while They now enjoyed a temporary the emperor declared his intention repose from the horrors of war, of remaining in Brazil, which was and improved the opportunity, by thereafter to be regarded as a se- consolidating their strength, and parate empire. This event alone establishing their political instituwas a great step in the dissolution tions upon a more permanent basis of the colonial system. The in- than that of military force. dependence of Brazil, a country of Their situation now became almost boundless territory and in- highly interesting to the rest of the exhaustible resources, would, at world. They were about to form any period, have been regarded as their political and commercial ties an occurrence of vast importance with other nations, and much deto the inhabitants of all commer- pended upon the direction which cial states, and especially to those was, in the first instance, given to of America. This event, how their trade. They were not yet ever, was accompanied and fol- recognized by any government, exlowed by others of still greater cept by that of the United States, interest and higher importance. and Spain still persisted in consiThe protracted struggle, between dering them as colonies in a state the forces of Spain and her former of rebellion, though she did not colonies, was at last terminated by venture to enforce these pretenthe overthrow and capture at Aya- sions against the citizens of other cucho, of the only Spanish army countries. Her own situation at on the continent; and this victory home, her government in a totterwas shortly followed by the sur- ing condition, and only sustained render of Callao, St. Juan De by the troops of France, as the Ulloa, and Chiloe, the last fort- representative of the Holy Alliance, resses held by Spain in the Ameri- rendered the prosecution of the
The interest which that pow- contest, on her part, an act of er, upon whose empire, as was for- madness ; but the pertinacity with merly boasted, the sun never set, which she adhered to claims, that possessed in the western world, she did not even attempt to enwas now reduced to a feeble hold force, induced the belief, that she upon the islands of Cuba and Por- expected from her holy allies, some to Rico. Her former colonies had aid in re-establishing her sovereigndriven her from the continent, and ty over her former colonies. This reduced every fortress, from which opinion was strengthened by the interest which the members of that the threatening aspect of the Holy alliance took in the affairs of Spain, Alliance, bad induced them to and the promulgation of the prin- seek strength in union; but the ciples by which they justified their peculiarity of their situation, when interference.
first emerging from the colonial As the guardians of that mo- state, caused them to extend their narchy, they appeared to consi- views to other points than those der themselves bound to prosecute connected with their defence its claims, while it remained under against open hostilities. As they their tutelage, and it was with great assumed the rank, and, from time reason apprehended, that they were to time, claimed a participation in about to apply their principles to the privileges of independent nathe governments of the American tions, they felt, that though their continent.
particular wrongs had proceeded Apprehensions of danger from from the government of Spain, the this quarter had, at an early pe- whole continent had been injured riod, induced these governments to by the principles, which had been regard their cause as common, adopted in regard to it by the Euand to devise some mode by which ropean governments, and that the their efforts might be combined in full enjoyment of the benefits atits behalf. A meeting of the repre- tendant upon their new state, desentatives of the American states pended upon the dissolution of all at Panama was contemplated, and colonial connection between Amenegotiations had been for some rica and Europe ; in short, the time carried on between the Spa- entire abolition of the colonial sysnish American governments, for tem, and all the novel principles the purpose of accomplishing this which, as its legitimate consedesirable object. The entire ex- quences, have been engrafted upon pulsion of Spain from their terri- the law of nations. tories, now left them at liberty to The experience of the United agree upon the time of meeting, States, the vanguard in the march and the spring of 1826 was to wit- of a new world to independence, ness the opening of this congress, strongly inculcated upon them this whose deliberations and resolutions, fundamental maxim of American from the nature of things, must be policy. directed to effect the complete They saw that the whole history emancipation of America from of this republic, was but the record European sway.
of a constant struggle against the The contest with Spain, and colonial system. All its wars had
grown out of attempts on the part tify the adventurous spirits of their
sustained by the power of the state. A short view of the colonial In others, they were the efforts system, will show that it was of private enterprise ; but whether founded upon maxims inherently private or public, they were all unjust, and destructive of the best subjected to a novel principle of interests of this continent, and that national law, which extended the it was intended to serve merely as jurisdiction of the crown over the a justification to European powers colonies, and made them, at the in their systematic design, of appro- same time, an integral and a subpriating a new world to the use of ordinate part of the empire. Inthe old.
tegral, when the power of the goUpon its discovery, the whole vernment was to be exercised over continent, with its inhabitants, them, but separate and subordinate were claimed by Spain. This for all other purposes. claim it was finally compelled to The duty which a private citizen abridge, so as to permit the other owes to the community in which he great powers of Europe to partici- lives, and by whose power and laws pate in the advantages to be de- he is protected from unjust violence, rived from America. In those bi- was perverted into the doctrine of gotted ages, this claim to appro- perpetual and unalienable allepriate the possessions, and enslave giance, and the maxim, that a subthe persons of the aborigines, as jeot could not expatriate himself, destitute of the light of the gospel, was made the corner stone of the was considered valid, and with the colonial system. view of establishing it, and to gra- Upon these two principles, the
European powers appropriated this home industry, colonial manufacvast continent to their exclusive use, tures were forbidden, and the raw and sought to extend their mono- material produced in the colony, poly through a long series of ages. was to be sent to her European The continent, and the aboriginal ports, to be thence distributed to inhabitants belonged to them, in other nations, or to be wrought into virtue of the spiritual excellence of fabrics, and often for the use of the the monarchs of Europe, and of colonists themselves. their duty to bestow the blessings In this manner, the whole conof christianity upon these benighted tinent was rendered a mere depenregions; and the European colo- dency of Europe. Those communists, and their descendants, were nities which were established here, subject to their authority, because were not only deprived of all trade their allegiance to the crown could with the trans-atlantic states, but of not be shaken off.
all intercourse with those contigu"Not all the water in the wide rough sea,
ous countries, so much more ne"Can wash the balm from an anointed cessary to their comfort and prosking.”
perity. They were not only preThe supremacy which was thus · vented from directing their industry established, was not an empty claim to those employments, which would of authority. It drew after it best repay their labor, and from a right to regulate the trade of trading with those countries, which the colonists, and generally a para- furnished the cheapest supplies and mount legislation over them, which afforded the best markets ; but by was exercised with a single eye to a simultaneous application of the the interests of the mother country. system to the whole continent, they
Toenumerate all the various pro- were shut out of the pale of imvisions, by which the interests of provement, and doomed to labor in America were sacrificed, to benefit an insulated colony, for the prosthe maritime powers of Europe, un- perity of a thankless mother, who der this system, would exceed the rewarded their industry by monolimits of this chapter. Its general polizing its profits, and repaid their maxims consisted in each power's unbought allegiance, by retarding prohibiting all foreign trade with their progress to civilization and the colonies, and all intercourse be- wealth. tween the colonial possessions of Each colonial community was different nations. Their supplies thus kept distinct and dependent. were to be drawn from the mother Deprived of the stimulous, which a country, and in order to protect rival spirit among contiguous com