Thursday, October 28

The day in 1875 when the United States intervened in favor of Venezuela against the superpower of the time

  • Norberto Paredes @norbertparedes
  • BBC World News


“America for the Americans”: the Monroe Doctrine created in rejection of European imperialism on the American continent made the US side with Venezuela.

Since Hugo Chávez assumed the presidency of Venezuela in 1999, relations between the US and the South American country have been tense.

But this was not always so. For much of the 20th century, Venezuela was one of America’s greatest allies in Latin America and that close relationship made, among other things, Caracas became the largest oil supplier of the world’s leading power for a short period of the 1990s.

It also helped Venezuelan companies like Citgo succeed in the US and US companies like ExxonMobil make a ton of money in Venezuela.

But exactly a century earlier, in 1895, the alliance between the two countries perhaps reached one of its highest points, when America faced the superpower of the time, United Kingdom, in favor of Venezuelan interests and in rejection of European imperialism.

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