Creoles were the group who led the quest for Mexican Independence in the early 19th century. Creole was the term applied to any person of European descent born in the West Indies or parts of French or Spanish America. The revolutions began in large part because discrimination arose in Spanish crown policy.
The Spanish crown policy favored Spanish subjects with lucrative colonial posts while denying Creoles the same positions. In addition, the Spanish crown restricted the Creoles' commercial activities. To further the complaints the Creoles held against Spain, this group of people developed a reputation for being superficial and indolent, although the reputation may have been unfair given the lack of political and economic opportunities available to them.