U.S Military and Political Interference in Latin America

America has claimed hegemony over all countries south of its border, considering them to be part of its sphere of influence via the Monroe Doctrine.

America has a long history of claiming to represent the free world while undermining other countries’ self-determination. The list below is America’s interference in Latin America.


In Argentina, military forces overthrew the democratically elected President Isabel Perón in the 1976 Argentine coup, it was supported by the United States government


The US government supported the 1971 coup led by General Hugo Banzer that toppled President Juan José Torres of Bolivia


US-backed 1964 Brazilian coup d’état


After the democratic election of President Salvador Allende in 1970, an economic war was ordered by President Richard Nixon and caused the 1973 Chilean coup d’état with the involvement of the CIA.

Costa Rica

 1917 Costa Rican coup d’état 

The US government led by Democratic President Woodrow Wilson did not recognize Tinoco’s rule after González attempted to increase tax on the wealthy.


Support for the Cuban dictator, Fulgencio Batista

Dominican Republic

In May 1961, the Dominican Republic leader, Rafael Trujillo, was murdered with weapons supplied by the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).


The democratic election of Jacobo Arbenz. Arbenz was overthrown during the 1954 Guatemalan coup d’état, endorsed by the United States


In 1912, The U.S. illegally occupied Nicaragua as a means of protecting American business interests


In 1903, the US aided the secession of Panama from the Republic of Colombia for its own self-interest in constructing a canal.

Under Manuel Noriega, the US government led to the United States invasion of Panama


The United States supported the dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner from 1954 to 1989,


January 23 2019, the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, was declared the acting President of the country without a vote or any kind of consent of the Venezuelan people. The (USAID) US Agency for International Development would later spend $41.9 million to promote Guaidó.

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