Assess United States and Latin American relations during the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In the twentieth century, the United States and Latin America relations changed with the differing foreign policies of Teddy Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Latin America is in the western hemisphere, and their economy and political systems are influenced greatly by the United States. The relations improved from the reign the Teddy Roosevelt to Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The United States and Latin American relations were on good terms, but the only problem lied in that Latin America suffered from being too dependent on the US. Latin America experienced many instances of having American navy protection. Teddy Roosevelt, famous for his big stick diplomacy, utilized his navy to control important industries which affected America greatly, like the Panama canal. With the Roosevelt Corollary, Roosevelt was able to contain Latin America within the influence of the western hemisphere and away from the east. The Venezuela Crisis of 1902, would demonstrates the US’s ability to drive out European forces. However, even though Latin America were guaranteed protection, this came with a price. Most Latin American countries had a reflux economy which depended solely on the US. This led to LA countries selling most of their main crops to the US and not being able to cater to the needs of their own citizens. The famine and economic oppression coming from the United State’s sphere of influence resulted in LA rethinking the actual relation between the major two parts of the west.
The relations improved with the foreign policy of Franklin D. Roosevelt. What made Franklin D. Roosevelt different from Teddy Roosevelt was that he allowed the United States to become more free and become a global partner. This was all accomplished with the “Good Neighbor Policy.” The United States wanted to be a Good Neighbor to Latin America and Franklin...
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