A Critical View on Dr. Walter LaFeber's Inevitable Revolutions: The historical objectives of the United States towards the Central American Nations

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The historical objectives of the United States towards the Central American nations have centered on the region’s importance due to geographic, strategic, and economic reasons. The close proximity of the region to the U.S. has made it an essential area for trading and other commercial interests. Foreign investors, most of whom have been North Americans, have also exploited the land and other resources of the Central American nations, which have forced most of the small nations to depend on unstable single crop economies (LaFeber, p. 61). Professor Walter LaFeber’s first chapter in his book Inevitable Revolutions, details the major actions taken by the United States in setting up relations with its smaller neighboring nations. According to LaFeber, the system, which Washington set up through the policies and actions taken towards the nations of Central America, resulted in the dependence of these nations on the larger nation and the deterioration and overall “misshaping” of Central America (LaFeber, p.

25). An examination of these key historical steps taken by the U.S. since the beginning of its relations with Central America, which set up the system described by LaFeber, reveals the extent to which the United States has continuously overlooked the needs of the neighboring nations in efforts of maintaining its own economic and political prosperity, which inevitably led to the dependence of these nations on the U.S..

Throughout its history in its dealings with the Central American nations the United States has continuously reversed its stance towards policies dealing with the smaller nations in accordance to its best interests under the specific circumstances of the times. LaFeber pinpointed one of the first instances of this contradictory dealing in his description of Thomas Jefferson’s realization that although revolution had once served the interests of the U.S., the principle of revolution in Central...