Chile and Its Relations with the United States

Chile and Its Relations with the United States

Chile and Its Relations with the United States

Chile and Its Relations with the United States

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Considerable attention has been devoted in recent years to American diplomacy in its relations with the Hispanic-American republics grouped around the Caribbean Sea. Fairly familiar themes, also, are the policy of the United States toward Mexico, the expansion of American commerce and finance in the Caribbean islands, American intervention in Central American politics, and the Panama Canal affair. But apart from discussion of the Monroe Doctrine and Pan-Americanism, comparatively little has yet been written concerning the relations of the United States with the stronger nations in the southern part of South America. Here European influence was dominant during the whole of the nineteenth century; and only just before the period of the World War did American commercial and financial interests begin to rival those of England, France, and Germany. Yet the attitude of the larger South American nations toward the United States has an important bearing on the success of its policies in the western world. This treatise, accordingly, has been prepared to give a fairly detailed account of American dealings with one of the three outstanding countries of the South American continent, the republic of Chile.

Chile has been chosen as the particular field for study for several reasons. Few countries have had more occasions to regard the United States with un-

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