28.3 United States Economic Imperialism. Main Idea: Empire Building —The United States put increasing economic and political pressure on Latin America during the 19 th century. Latin America After Independence. Colonial Legacy Most Latin Americans worked for large land owners.
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Main Idea: Empire Building—The United States put increasing economic and political pressure on Latin America during the 19th century.
“the American continents . . . are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers.”
Theodore Roosevelt in his “Rough Rider” uniform (above), and with his regiment on top of San Juan Hill (left).
1899 political cartoon by Winsor McCay. Uncle Sam (representing the United States), gets entangled with rope around a tree labeled "Imperialism" while trying to subdue a bucking colt or mule labeled "Philippines" while a figure representing Spain walks off over the horizon carrying a bag labeled "$20,000,000".
William Crawford Gorgas, Chief Sanitary Officer to the Isthmian Commission