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US:Latin American View
US:Latin American View
TheLatin Americans view North Americans with the reverence due to theirperception that the north was superior to them. The perception of asuperior north was informed of the achievements that the NorthAmericans had achieved in the past and at the time of these views.For Latin Americans, they felt they had not achieved enough to matchthe status of the northern counterparts. Taking an example ofFrancisco de Miranda in 1799, the northerners were brave andhardworking compared to the Latin and southern Americans (Chasteen, &Wood, 2009). These sentiments came as early as the early eighteenthcentury, even before the United States had their independence. Thismeans that the perception by the Latin and southerners was notinfluenced by the strength of independence of the North Americans.
TheLatin and southern Americans believed that the leaders of the NorthAmerica were the reason behind the superiority of their nations. Thisis evident in the reverence they had with some of the strong Americanleaders that made the country stronger. According to theirperception, the nation building process of the North Americancountries and states was as a result of leaders who had taken thecountries as their own. Ruben Dario (1905) described PresidentRoosevelt as the man behind the United States, in fact, refers to himas the United States. In a reverence quote, the description may beinspired by the role that the president played during the pre-worldwar America.
However,the Latin and southern Americans viewed the southerners as theindirect imperialists that gained the superiority by dominating thesouth. They view the North Americans as the impediment in thedevelopment of the southern countries. According to Martinez (1942),the North Americans were the imperialists that were configured withthe British mentality of economic domination. This view shows thatthe inferiority of the southern countries is directed to the UnitedStates. This explains why their praise of the North Americans isinclined to portray America as their superior country. Rufito Blancoindicated that the inferiority of the Latin and southern countries isinflicted by the North American superiority (Chasteen, & Wood,2009). This perception explains why the southern countries felt theywere inferior.
Theseexamples show the different views of the southern countries towardsthe northern American states. The inferiority complex by thesecountries was motivated by the developments in the United States andthe resulting economic empowerment. In addition, the perception ofAmerica as an imperialist country to the southern nations is alsoseen as an affirmation of their hate towards the British civilization(Domínguez& Castrom, 2010).Due to the British colonization of the united states, the NorthAmerican nations were perceived to be the signs of Britishcivilization, which was opposed by the Spanish culture that dominatedthe Latin and South American countries.
Theperception shows that the Latin Americans and North Americans viewedeach other with suspicion at specific times. These views inform thereason for the existing suspicion that the United States still takeLatin Americans to be the inferior nations (Chasteen, & Wood,2009). However, the views of each other may be as a result of thedifference in the external influence that each of these sides gotfrom their history. While the Latin American nations are inclined tothe Spanish influence, the northern American countries are inclinedto the British civilization.
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