The United States Military in Latin America

A History of Interventions through 1934


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About the Book

Since the introduction of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, in which the United States vowed to prevent further European interference in the Western Hemisphere, the American military ever increasingly involved itself in the internal affairs of its Latin American neighbors. This book considers nearly 150 years of U.S. military intervention in Latin America, from naval patrols near turbulent Spanish colonies in the early 1800s, to the protection of U.S. interests during Caribbean rebellions at the beginning of the 1900s, to later actions in Panama, Honduras, Cuba and Nicaragua.
With short chronicles of U.S. involvement country by country—from Argentina to Uruguay—and appendices providing biographies of major military commanders, and lists of servicemen decorated, injured or killed during various campaigns, this work highlights the complicated history between the United States and its neighbors to the South.

About the Author(s)

The late George B. Clark, military historian and former Marine, wrote about World War I, World War II, and the United States Marine Corps. He lived in Pike, New Hampshire.

Bibliographic Details

George B. Clark
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 216
Bibliographic Info: 35 photos, 5 maps, appendices, notes bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9448-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1579-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction 1

1. Argentina 3

2. Chile 9

3. Colombia and Panama 13

4. Cuba 34

5. Haiti 53

6. Honduras 100

7. Mexico 103

8. Nicaragua 112

9. Paraguay 137

10. Peru 138

11. Puerto Rico 140

12. Santo Domingo/Dominican Republic 142

13. Uruguay 167


A. Biographies 171

B. Officers of the First Provisional Regiment, Nicaragua, 1909–1910 178

C. Officers at Coyotepe and Barranca, Nicaragua, 1912 180

D. The Roll of Honor 182

Chapter Notes 190

Bibliography 201

Index 205