Not that I expect many to share the same enthusiasm in the following, but, I find it interesting that texts in Spanish on the Spanish Empire often cite British funding as a prime cause of the many declarations of independence of Spanish colonies – Mexico, Colombia, Peru, etc. – in the years surrounding 1820.
Such insight is hard to find in English texts. But, the concept makes perfect sense. Spain was mercantilistic. British trade with Spanish colonies was forbidden by Spain. Get rid of Spanish rule and, lo, suddenly millions of people are now in the market of the British Empire.
The above makes perfect sense as to why President Monroe, in 1824, established his Doctrine that the Americas were forever off limits to other attempts by Europeans to colonize. His most poignant words were…
With the existing colonies or dependencies of any European power we have not interfered and shall not interfere. But with the Governments who have declared their independence and maintained it, and whose independence we have, on great consideration on on just principles, acknowledged, we could not view any interposition of for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling in any other manner their destiny, by an European power in any other light than as the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States…
I believe Monroe saw Britain’s machinations in Latin America. I believe Monroe, like Andrew Jackson, also saw British banking machinations for establishing a central bank in America for the sake of taking control of America’s commercial destiny, and, in time, political destiny.
Regardless, Latin America would forever be under the de facto “protection” of the United States. Of course this Doctrine was completely ignored during the American Civil War when 40,000 French soldiers in Mexico tried to establish an Austrian named Maximillian as king. Of course these efforts failed, but, all this scheming evinces threads of a Great Game of Empire in the 19th century that I was NEVER taught by any teachers after 17 years of “education”.
To understand this game is to see history in a proper light. To see history in a proper light is to help see through the lies of the present culture that ever attempts to make people oblivious to machinations of those in power to augment their power. There was a reason Machiavelli wrote.
Regardless, I love this stuff. I do.