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19th century USFP in Latin America

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U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America in the 19th century offers a preview of how the U.S. government will treat Latin America during the 20th century; especially during the Cold War.

U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America in the 19th century offers a preview of how the U.S. government will treat Latin America during the 20th century; especially during the Cold War.

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  • 1. Nineteenth Century U.S.-Latin American Relations
  • 2. “Founding Fathers” • “I have ever looked on Cuba as the most interesting addition which could ever be made to our system of states.” --Thomas Jefferson • • Adams, Madison, Monroe and Quincy Adams, too! • Presidents Polk (1840s) and Pierce (1850s) tried to buy Cuba “...Cuba, forcibly disjoined from its own unnatural connection with Spain, and incapable of self-support, can gravitate only toward the North American Union...” --U.S. minister to Spain
  • 3. Monroe Doctrine (1823) • U.S. hegemony • Paper tiger • Influences: “manifest destiny” & Roosevelt Corollary
  • 4. U.S.-Mexican War 1846-1848 • Causes? • Spot resolution • Effects
  • 5. William Walker (1856-1857) • motives in Nicaragua • reaction in the USA • Cornelius Vanderbilt • Honduran firing squad
  • 6. Spanish-American War 1898 • Causes? • yellow journalism • protectorate • Guantanamo Bay • seeds of Cuban Revolution (1959)
  • 7. Creation of Panama • Motives • longterm connection to USFP “We bought it, we paid for it, we built it, and we intend to keep it.” President Reagan