Slice 12 out of 31
Oh, too many names–maybe I’ll write a poem or two,
to help my students review.
I can’t keep the names straight,
How did teaching this become my fate?
Latin American History
Of the Inca, Atahualpa was the last emperor,
He was nice to Pizarro his visitor
Atahualpa had lots of gold
He let Pizarro in his fold,
Pizarro, the Spanish Conquistador was bold.
He took Atahualpa’s gold
And killed him—now the story’s told.
Montezuma, an Aztec emperor at its height.
In 1519, Cortes came and picked a fight.
Then, he made a claim,
Said the land should belong to Spain,
He killed Montezuma and caused much pain,
Named the land New Spain,
And for this, his name has gained fame.
Father Hidalgo was a priest from Mexico
He thought the Spanish rule should go
And so he led a revolt that made sense,
Excommunicated and put to death,
10 years later Mexico gained independence
Was a liberator
And an African slave,
Who began a freedom wave,
France had control of Haiti,
So he led a slave revolt to get his people free
From Venezuela Simon Bolivar,
A liberator who went very far,
He helped South American countries get free from Spain
To alleviate their pain,
Bolivia is an honor to his name.