097: The Banana Wars I

1904 political cartoon mocking the “Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine.” Note US warships puckishly named “Receiver” and “Sheriff” and “Debt Collector.”

 
By the early twentieth century, the United States had substantial economic interests in Central America, notably in banana cultivation, most of which was intended for export to the US. American companies owned or controlled the plantations, the railways, the ports, and sometimes the local governments, derisively termed “banana republics.”

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Opening War Theme

Carnaval – Latin Rhythms
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