Uncle Sam’s Backyard

As promised, Chapter 5 of my Latin American history project is now up on The Xenophile Historian!  This chapter covers the years from 1889 to 1959.  It was during this period that United States influence in the region was at its strongest, so I gave it the title “Uncle Sam’s Backyard.”

This time it took three months to write the chapter.  The composition of the text was finished last November 5, so in the ten days since, I was working on the HTML code to keep the page consistent with the others in the series, and then I uploaded it today.

The finished work turned out to be quite longer than expected – 118 pages in WordPerfect, before I converted it to HTML.  I don’t think this is the longest history paper I have written, but it is comparable to Chapters 4 & 5 of my North American history, and Chapter 16 of my Middle Eastern history.  To make it a little easier to handle, I split it into five parts before uploading it.  Now here is a list of the subheadings on each part:

Part I

    The Big Picture
Latin America’s Role in the World Trade Network
Enter the United States
A New Kind of Revolution
Cuba Libre!
Costa Rica: King Banana
The War of a Thousand Days
The First US Occupation
The Panama Canal
Peru: The Aristocratic Republic
Venezuela: The Tyrant of the Andes
Colombia: The Conservative Republic
The Mexican Revolution, Phase 1: Conservatives vs. Liberals

Part II

    Uruguay’s Welfare State
The United States Occupation of Haiti
Argentina: The Radicals In the Saddle
The Mexican Revolution, Phase 2: Moderates vs. Radicals
Independent Cuba: The Early Years
Guatemala: A Cultured Brute and a Napoleon
Brazil: The Old Republic
Honduras: La Republica de los Bananas
Chile: Parliamentary and Presidential Republics

Part III

    Ecuador: The Leftover Country
The Mexican Revolution, Phase 3: Coming Full Circle
The Dominican Dictator
The Chaco War
El Salvador: The Coffee Republic
Uruguay: The Terra Era
The Somoza Dynasty, Act One
Panama: The Bisected Protectorate

Part IV

    The Infamous Decade
Getúlio Vargas and the Estado Nôvo
Colombia: “The Revolution On the March”
The Battle of the River Plate
Bolivia: Contending Ideologies
Cuba: Batista’s First Reign
Venezuela In Transition
The Rise of Juan Perón
Haiti: Elections and Coups
Peru: APRA vs. the Army
Paraguay: The Rise of the Colorados
Costa Rica: The Unarmed Democracy
“There’s No Place Like Uruguay”
The Bolivian National Revolution

Part V

    Cuba: The Auténticos and the Second Batistato
Puerto Rico: “Candy-Coated Colonialism?”
The Ten Years of Spring
Getúlio Vargas, Back for an Encore
The Perón Decade
La Violencia
Venezuela: Back In the Barracks
The Cuban Revolution

This time it took more than one section to cover events in most of the nations, so I am including another set of links below.  If you want to read about just one country, click on the corresponding link:


Bolivia & Paraguay




Costa Rica


Dominican Republic


El Salvador








Puerto Rico



This chapter ends with Fidel Castro’s conquest of Cuba in 1959, meaning we just have 54 years left to go to reach the present, so I estimate it will take one more chapter to finish this work.  While I’m working on that, enjoy this latest addition to the website!

One response to “Uncle Sam’s Backyard

  1. Scott! Long time fan (12 years) here. I have read ALL of your history-website sections, and most of your comedic blogging. GREAT job with Latin America! I enjoyed it very much and it was a great way to wind down my second to last semester in Grad school.

    Looking forward to chapter six. 🙂 I know it’s been a long journey, but please do continue the great work! Im looking forward to another 12 years reading your works!

    From one historian to another, God Bless!


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