Historical Dictionary of United States-Latin American by Joseph Smith

By Joseph Smith

From the statement of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 to the Reagan Doctrine of the Eighties, the us has presumed a place of political management and pre-eminence within the Western Hemisphere. This has been made attainable via major components: America's large economic climate, which has made the U.S. the biggest unmarried advertisement industry and the most important investor in Latin the USA, and America's army prowess, which has been convincingly tested in victories within the Mexican-American struggle (1846-1848) and the Spanish-American warfare (1898). This quantity concentrates at the heritage of diplomatic family members among the U.S. and the countries of Latin the US from the construction of the self sufficient usa within the past due eighteenth century as much as the current. this is often finished via a chronology, an creation, a bibliography, appendixes, and 1000's of cross-referenced dictionary entries at the nations concerned, major occasions, significant crises, very important figures, arguable matters, and doctrines and guidelines that experience developed. For students, historians, and scholars drawn to the international relations of those areas, the ancient Dictionary of United States-Latin American family is a vital reference.

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The Reagan administration similarly neglected the growing problem of external debt that was adversely affecting most of Latin America and resulted in the debt crisis in August 1982. While emergency loans were made to Mexico, American officials were inclined to criticize the leaders of other Latin American countries for being reckless and profligate in their borrowing. As part of its strategy to isolate the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, the Reagan administration was prepared to offer preferential financial aid to the countries of Central America and the Caribbean in the form of the Caribbean Basin Initiative, but there was no sign of a similar aid program for the rest of Latin America.

Adams was particularly influential in arguing that the United States should not be seen to be acting as a junior partner to Great Britain. qxd 11/7/06 11:25 AM Page 3 ADAMS-ONÍS TREATY • 3 While mindful of Anglo-American political and commercial rivalry in the Western Hemisphere, Adams showed reluctance, however, to grant early diplomatic recognition to the new Latin American states. In this, he reflected traditional North American Anglo-Saxon attitudes that were influenced by the “Black Legend” that looked down on Latin Americans for their Spanish and Catholic background and regarded this as a major obstacle to their ever achieving a stable form of democratic government.

The promotion of hemispheric trade was also valued as a means of persuading potential Latin American immigrants to the United States to stay in their home countries. The large numbers of illegal immigrants, especially from Mexico, continued to cause considerable political controversy in the United States. Decades of immigration and improvements in communications, however, had brought about major historical change. At the beginning of the 19th century, little affinity had existed between the people of the United States and those of the new Latin American nations.

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