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United Kingdom
2 months ago

What role have the British played in your country's history?

I was surprised to have learned how involved the British have been in Latin American history, considering it's one of the regions very rarely mentioned when talking about British history.

I recently listened to a podcast on Simón Bolívar, and it was interesting seeing the role the British legion played.

So have the British been involved in your country's history at all, and if so how?

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· 2 mo. ago
Land of the Cajuína

Oh boy, oh boy... Let's say the UK was the US before the US started to meddle in our internal affairs. Being positive, though, the UK mainteined pressure on the Brazilian Empire to end slavery. Didn't really work out and ended being a famous saying here in Brazil: "A law for the english to see"

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Op · 2 mo. ago
United Kingdom

Didn't really work out and ended being a famous saying here in Brazil: "A law for the english to see"

That's interesting!

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 2 mo. ago
Guatemala

You varmints stole 90% of our Caribbean coast, and then had the gaul to call it British Honduras.

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level 2
· 2 mo. ago
Honduras

How long did Guatemala had the coast before losing to British Empire?

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level 2
· 2 mo. ago
Trinidad and Tobago

Was Guatemala independent when the UK proclaimed British Honduras? (Belize)

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level 2
· 2 mo. ago
🦍🇭🇳Hondusimia

Actual question: Is the Gulf of Honduras called that way because of its surrounding territories, or were its surrounding territories named after it?

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level 1
· 2 mo. ago
Uruguay

Britain created my country on a clever move to fuck both Brazil and Argentina. It really fucked Argentina though, because it lost total control of it’s most important trade route: the Rio de la Plata.

Aside from that, they knew that a new buffer country (because that was Uruguays function) would benefit British commerce.

And the brits invaded the land that would later become Uruguay two times. At that time we were a Spanish colony, but we had to defend ourselves guerrilla style. That made people from the Rio de la Plata realise that we could become independent.

At the end of WW2 Britain had a significant debt with Uruguay but instead of paying what was due Uruguay “bought” some British companies in Uruguay. I think this transaction became a mayor set back for our country. But, because of the “help becoming a country thing” and pseudo-colonialist diplomacy we’ve always favoured British interests.

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level 1
· 2 mo. ago
Mexico

-Was the first country to recognize Mexico -introduced football and cornish pasties into mexican culture -Leonora Carrington was a British-Mexican painter

  • UK funded maya rebels in Mexico to exploit precious wood of the area, almost becoming a protectorate, basically a new or bigger Belize

  • it invaded Mexico over payments alongside Spain and France, but retreated in a couple months

  • it controlled most of our oil reserves alongside USA and tried to embargo the nation until reversed, lifted due to WW2

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level 1
· 2 mo. ago
Chile

Give us back our moai!

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level 2

🗿

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level 2
· 2 mo. ago
Chile

Como?? No es nuestra??

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· 2 mo. ago
Chile

Bernardo O’Higgins, our most important founding father, was the son of an Irishman. Several officers in the Independence war were British, like Juan Mackenna and Lord Thomas Cochrane.

At one point about 70% (if I remember right) of the saltpeter in Chile was owned by British companies. Some say they are ultimately responsible for the War of the Pacific.

Also they brought soccer to Chile.

Best thing they ever did for us was arresting Pinochet and having him in house arrest for more than a year.

Oh, and give back the moai, you thieves lol

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· 2 mo. ago
Chile

and give back the moai,

And it was an important moai, they truly go for the best of best.

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· 2 mo. ago
Venezuela

Well you kinda stole a piece of our country and refused to give it back to us until it declared independence, at which point they obviously didn’t want to rejoin anymore, but other than that not much

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· 2 mo. ago
Guatemala

Hey, that's also our case.

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Op · 2 mo. ago
United Kingdom

Is that something many Venezuelans today know/care about?

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