Category Archives: Latin American History

On This Date in Latin America -July 24, 1993: The Candelária Massacre

In the early hours of the morning on this day twenty years ago, police in Rio de Janeiro murdered eight street children on the steps of Rio’s Candelária Cathedral in what came to be known as the Candelária Massacre. Official … Continue reading

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Today in Dubious Interpretations of History

Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox (2000-2006) has said he is the best president of Mexico. Ever. As in, in all of Mexican history. Suffice to say, this is a rather self-serving interpretation of history, and one that grossly diminishes … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – José Ibrahim

One of the key moments in diplomatic history and in Brazilian history was the 1969 kidnapping of US ambassador Charles Elbrick. Living in the midst of a repressive dictatorship, a handful of students involved in the Revolutionary Movement October 8 … Continue reading

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Bunkers in the Everglades – Relics of the Cold War

This is a remarkable story of a bygone era: The Cuban Missile Crisis was over in 1962. But the militarization of Florida and its national parks had only just begun. Nike Hercules Missile Site — also called Alpha Battery or HM-69 … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Archive

Given the number of posts written for the “Get to Know a Brazilian” series, it seemed time to consolidate them. Below is a chronological list of all of the individual entries for the series. Going forward, I will add each … Continue reading

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On Images and the Danger of Drawing Stereotypical Conclusions

Recently, an image had been making its way around on social media. The image showed Chief Raoni, an indigenous leader in traditional dress, crying, purportedly weeping at the Brazilian government’s decision to proceed with the Belo Monte dam. However, that … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Maria Augusta Carneiro Ribeiro

While Vera Sílvia Magalhães gained distinction for her role in planning one of the boldest acts against Brazil’s military dictatorship, Maria Augusta Carneiro Ribeiro was not only attached to that event in her own way; she was an important figure in … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – Tancredo Neves

Having recently wrapped up a look at the five presidents during Brazil’s military dictatorship, this week focuses on Tancredo Neves, the first civilian elected to the presidency after the military dictatorship. Tancredo de Almeida Neves was born on 4 March … Continue reading

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On the History of the Left in Latin America

In some ways, starting a “history of the left” in Latin America with the election of Salvador Allende in 1970 (and his overthrow in 1973) makes some small amount of sense. With his election in 1970, Allende became the first … Continue reading

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Get to Know a Brazilian – João Baptista Figueiredo

This week we wrap up a sub-series on the presidents of Brazil’s military dictatorship (1964-1985) by looking at the final and longest-serving of the military presidents, João Baptista Figueiredo, who governed from 1979 to 1985, when the military stepped away … Continue reading

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