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A world safe for capitalism: dollar diplomacy and America's by Cyrus Veeser

By Cyrus Veeser

A global secure for Capitalism unravels a little-known incident: a Wall highway corporation's takeover of the overseas debt, nationwide railroad, and nationwide financial institution of the Dominican Republic within the Eighteen Nineties. operating with the republic's tyrannical president, the yankee enterprise attempted to show self-sufficient peasants into cash-crop farmers, with disastrous effects. by way of 1904, the company's slender pursuit of revenue clashed with Theodore Roosevelt's objective of creating the USA an excellent strength, hence triggering a sweeping new policy-the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine. Praised by means of Diplomatic background as "a version of globe-trotting multiarchival research," this fascinating historical past covers occasions in long island, Washington, Santo Domingo, Brussels, and London.

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When he died in 1920, one obituary credited him with having originated the policy of paying cash bounties to enlistees during the Civil War. 43 The canal episode is an important antecedent to Weed’s launching of the San Domingo Improvement Company in 1892. Thoroughly embedded in the patronage networks and collusive practices of his age, Weed and his allies would carry these same ways of doing business to the Dominican venture. The attraction of Santo Domingo is easy enough to appreciate. As a patron, President Heureaux promised to be even more obliging than President Cleveland.

This happened because each time the SDIC sold Dominican bonds in Europe, it created blocs of European bondholders ready to call on their governments to intervene should the Dominicans behave “irresponsibly” and default. Equally important, the SDIC situated the Dominican Republic within a changing geopolitical order. S. 16 As the United States defined its global interests in new ways, the SDIC’s relationship with Washington changed significantly. When the Improvement Company faced opposition from the Dominican regimes that succeeded Heureaux, Washington backed the company with the full force of its diplomatic and naval power.

The New York papers told a different story. ”62 To American editors, the fusion of strategic and private interests was plain enough. At this early stage, it seems that SDIC officials expected the republic to 26 the gilded age goes abroad pass under American control. After visiting Santo Domingo, Holls felt that annexation was the most desirable outcome. ” Yet, although Holls favored an American takeover of the republic, he was candid enough to admit that “the desire for annexation to the United States has passed away” among ordinary Dominicans.

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