**Before and after the independence, most Latin Americans worked for large landowners. They paid their employees with vouchers that could only be used in their own stores. Since their paid was low and prices were higher, the workers went into debt. These debts started to accumulate and passed from one generation to another. Latin America didn’t have political stability which led to ''caudillos''. Military dictators were the one to hold on the power because they were supported by the army and also the wealthy landowners supported them because they didn’t want poor people to rule the country.
The United States and Britain were Latin America’s main trading partners. Latin America economies depended on exports. Also they imported European and North American manufactured goods, because of that they didn’t had a reason to develop their own industries and because of that they couldn’t compete on the “world economic stage.” The thing they cared about the most was for their exports, they didn’t fund programs that would help them in the future. Latin America started to borrowed money with a high interest, sometimes they couldn’t pay back and the lenders would take their debt by force or take over the facilities they had funded, by this a new age of economic colonialism in Latin America started.
by kimberly dominguez
American Imperialism has been a part of United States history ever since the American Revolution. Imperialism is practice by which powerful nations or people seek to expand and maintain control or influence over weaker nations or peoples. Throughout the years there has been many instances where the Americans have taken over other people countries, almost every time we go into we have taken over a new piece of land. The Americas first taste of imperialism came about five hundred years ago when Columbus came to America. We fought the pleasant inhabitants and then took over their land making them slaves. Americans over the years have been known to become almost selfish, no matter how much we have we will never be happy until we control the free world. Another case of Imperialism was the United States industrial economy was growing so fast that they were producing more goods than they could consume. The over abundance of industrial goods led the United States to look for new markets. Next came the Spanish-American War, which started with the Americans not liked the way that the Spaniards were treated the Cubans. After this an U.S. battleship (Maine) was docked outside of Havana (Cuba's Capital) and all of a sudden exploded from under the sea. At the time no one actually knew the real reason why the ship exploded but many Americans thought that it was the Spaniards.
Political independence meant little for most citizens of the new Latin American nations. Most of them were caught up in a cycle of poverty. Wages were low and prices were high, so workers went into dept. Also the political instability affected the new Latin American nations. Many army leaders controlled the new nations as military dictators. They had the military and the landowners’ power in their side; as a result they faced little or no oppression. Landowner supported them because they didn´t want poor people to rule the country.
After gained their independence colonial rule ended, so they were no longer restricted to trade with colonial power. Britain and, later, the United States became their main trading partners. Latin´s Americas economies continued to depend on export. Now with advantages in technologies, however, Latin America’s export grew. They used little of their export income to built roads, schools, or hospital. Nor did they fund programs to be self- sufficiently. As a result, most of Latin America´s nation depend on manufactured product from the United States, England, etc.
Independence from foreign rule was the basis ideal of each Latin American. During the time caudillos started to flow due to the inestability of the Latin american rulers. United states took a step inside this. Watching the neighbor islands not being able to develop as fast and as efficent as the United States did, they declared some tactical agreements, like the Monroe Doctrine, other movements where the Politica del dolar. This where just steps to give the power to the United States to be the "western hemishpeheres police". Roosvelt claimes this a Corlollary.
The United States took advantage of the no growing states in Latin America and started to work as a catalyzer, giving them loans. This was just and excuse to the later on intervention for example in the Domincan Republic several times invaded by the U.S.
By: Ricardo Baio
Before and after independence, most latin Americans worked for large landowners. They paid their workers with money that could only be used on their store. Their salary was very low, and prices very high, causing them to debt. Their debt passed from one generation to another. After independence, many landowners got wealthier. Latin American governments took native peoples and Catholic Church’s land and then sold them. The only people that could afford the land were the wealthy land owners.
After the 1800s, Latin America was no longer restricted to trade with colonial powers. Britain and the United States became their main trading partners. Latin America’s economy depended of exports, but with the help of technologic advances, they were able to expand their exports. With inventions such as the railroad, refrigeration, it contributed to increase its growth.
During the later part of the 19th and the beginig of the 20th centuries, the United States
went througha forceful idea of expansion. The United States exerted its political and economic
ideals around the world. Towards the end of Manifest Destiny the US realized
that it had to become major power in the world to become a powerful empire to continue prospering. The concept of overseas expansion erupted, war broke out, and the US found
itself owning new land and ruling many subjects.