United States and Latin American Relations during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century
Since the creation of Monroe Doctrine of 1823 and the consequent Reagan Doctrine of 1980s, the United States has adopted a big brother attitude in the Western Hemisphere. United States has taken up the seat of political leadership in the region and the other countries have played a second fiddle. The pre-eminence of United States has been contributed by two main factors.
First, its huge economy has made the country a single biggest commercial market in the region and consequently the biggest investor in the Latin America countries. Second, the military prowess of United States has been demonstrated in different wars like the Mexican-American War between 1846 and 1848 and the Spanish American War of 1898. The political leadership and pre-eminence of United States in the Western Hemisphere has strained the relationship between United States and Latin American countries. The relationship between United States and Latin American countries has been focused on handful of issues which have either build the relationship or strained the relationship.