The Caribbean Legion: Patriots, Politicians, Soldiers of Fortune, 1946-1950

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A tale of adventure and intrigue, The Caribbean Legion studies the political struggles of the peoples of Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in the years following World War II. Taking their inspiration from the D-Day-style invasions of occupied Europe, groups of political exiles organized a series of armed expeditions that kept the Caribbean in turmoil for five years. Although their actions were independent, the groups became known collectively as the "Caribbean Legion." ...
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A tale of adventure and intrigue, The Caribbean Legion studies the political struggles of the peoples of Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua in the years following World War II. Taking their inspiration from the D-Day-style invasions of occupied Europe, groups of political exiles organized a series of armed expeditions that kept the Caribbean in turmoil for five years. Although their actions were independent, the groups became known collectively as the "Caribbean Legion." Charles D. Ameringer examines the myth and reality of the Caribbean Legion, as well as the evolving foreign policy of the United States. Faced with the contradiction between the promotion of representative democracy and the principle of nonintervention, the United States tolerated dictatorship in the postwar Caribbean, which eventually led to serious consequences such as the Cuban Revolution. Ameringer utilizes never-before-consulted documents from 1949 to 1950 on "the situation in the Caribbean" from the Inter-American Peace Committee of the Organization of American States. Accordingly, The Caribbean Legion presents new information and documentation on the difficulties, complexities, and costs of organizing armed uprisings from exile, the purposes and actions of pro-democratic Caribbean exiles and their allies and sponsors, and U.S. policy toward Latin America in the early Cold War period.

"Commendable effort to reduce a myth to historical proportions. Interesting reading"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780271014524
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/14/1995
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

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Charles D. Ameringer is Professor Emeritus of History at Penn State University. His previous books include The Democratic Left in Exile: The Antidictatorial Struggle in the Caribbean, 1945–1959 (1974) and Don Pepe: A Political Biography of Jose Figueres of Costa Rica (1979).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1946: Mr. Braden Stirs the Pot 11
1947: Cayo Confites 27
1948: Costa Rica 61
1949: Luperon 95
1950: The OAS Puts on the Lid 117
Appendixes 141
Notes 149
Selected Bibliography 171
Index 175
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