By Alan McPherson

ISBN-10: 1118953991

ISBN-13: 9781118953990

A brief background of U.S. Interventions in Latin the United States and the Caribbean offers a concise account of the complete sweep of U.S. army invasions and interventions in imperative the US, South the USA, and the Caribbean from 1800 as much as the current day.

  • Engages in debates concerning the fiscal, army, political, and cultural explanations that formed U.S. interventions in Cuba, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, and elsewhere
  • Deals with incidents that variety from the taking of Florida to the Mexican conflict, the warfare of 1898, the Veracruz incident of 1914, the Bay of Pigs, and the 1989 invasion of Panama
  • Features additionally the responses of Latin American nations to U.S. involvement
  • Features particular assurance of nineteenth century interventions in addition to twentieth century incidents, and incorporates a sequence of beneficial maps and illustrations

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The Monroe Doctrine began as a simple statement by President Monroe in his annual message to Congress on December 2, 1823. The context for the message was that the South American revolts against Spain had run their course, and most of South America and the Spanish Caribbean and all of Mexico and Central America were free of Spanish control. S. observers wondered. Lasting independence was not a sure thing. Spain could reclaim Venezuela, for instance. France could invade any of these new republics, as it would Mexico in the 1860s.

Funds from the South started ­flowing to him. In Central America, Walker’s radical decrees mobilized day ­laborers, artisans, and indigenous tribes to join multinational armies against the Tennessean. Politicians set aside old feuds. On September 14, an all‐Nicaraguan force led by Colonel José Dolores Estrada defeated 300 of Walker’s men at San Jacinto. Guatemalan, Honduran, and Salvadoran troops also closed in from the north. Walker retreated to Granada, to which cholera spread, causing 2–3 percent of Walkerites to die every day.

13 John O’Sullivan, “The Great Nation of Futurity,” The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, November 1839, 426–30. 14 John O’Sullivan, “Annexation,” The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, July 1845, 5–10. 15 Cited in Norman A.  McDonald, 24. 16 John S. D. S. War with Mexico: 1846–1848 (University of Oklahoma Press, 1989), xviii. S. War with Mexico: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/ St Martin’s, 2008), 70. 18 Polk cited in James M. McCaffrey, Army of Manifest Destiny: The American Soldier in the Mexican War, 846–1848 (New York University Press, 1992), 7.

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