The Platt Amendment and U.S. Occupation Policies in Latin America

Authored by: Cyrus Veeser

The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History

Print publication date:  June  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415888479
eBook ISBN: 9781135070991
Adobe ISBN: 9781135071028


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The years around the turn of the twentieth century saw a fundamental change in the global role of the United States. In just over seven years, from 1898 through 1905, the United States acquired authority of one kind or another over Hawaii, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Panama, and the Dominican Republic. The abrupt appropriation of dependencies stretching from East Asia to the Caribbean did not come about in “a fit of absence of mind,” as had been said of the British Empire. Instead, it reflected the steady, systematic construction of the United States as a Great Power. As different as they were in personality and politics, Presidents William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson each did his part to make the United States a significant new player on the world stage, backed by a fractious but ultimately supportive Congress and public.

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