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Spain, Portugal Signed the Treaty of Tordesillas Dividing the New World in 1494

Today in Latin American history, Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Tordesillas which divided the New World in 1494. continue reading »

The War of the Pacific Broke Out in 1879

Today in Latin American history, the War of the Pacific broke out when Chilean armed forces occupied the Bolivian port city of Antofagasta in 1879. continue reading »

First European Stepped Foot on Brazil in 1500

Today in Latin American history, Vicente Yáñez Pinzón became the first European to set foot on Brazil in 1500. The Spanish explorer, who had commanded the Nina during Christopher Columbus' first expedition to the New World, reached the northeastern coast of Brazil during a voyage under his command. continue reading »

Puerto Rican Actress and Dancer Chita Rivera was Born in 1933

Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican actress and dancer Chita Rivera was born in 1933. Rivera is the first Hispanic woman and the only Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award. She also was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009. continue reading »

Bolivia’s First Indigenous President Evo Morales Takes Office in 2006

Today in Latin American history, Evo Morales was inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president in 2006. continue reading »

Ecuadorians Launched a Coup d’Etat in 2000

Today in Latin American history, a coup d'etat in Ecuador deposed President Jamil Mahuad in 2000. After the Ecuadorian Congress is seized by indigenous organizations, Col. Lucio Gutierrez, Carlos Solorzano and Antonio Vargas depose President Jamil Mahuad. continue reading »

Spanish Dictator Francisco Franco Was Born in 1892

Today in Latin American history, dictator of Spain Francisco Franco who came to power after the Spanish civil war was born in 1892. Franco had authoritarian control of the country from 1939 to his death in November 1975. continue reading »

Costa Rica Signed Buenos Aires Convention in 1916

Today in Latin American history, Costa Rica became a signatory to the Buenos Aires copyright treaty in 1916. The Buenos Aires Convention provides for the mutual recognition of copyrights where the work carries a notice containing a statement of reservation of rights. continue reading »

Panamanian Baseball Player Mariano Rivera Was Born in 1969

Today in Latin American history, Panamanian baseball player Mariano Rivera who pitches for the New York Yankees was born in 1969. continue reading »

Panama Separated from Spain and Joined Gran Colombia in 1821

Today in Latin American history, Panama gained independence from Spain and joined Gran Colombia in 1821. continue reading »

President Reagan Gave CIA Authority to Establish the Contras in 1981

Today in Latin American history, President Ronald Reagan signs off on a top secret document which gave the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) the power to recruit and support Nicaraguan rebels to conduct covert actions against the leftist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. continue reading »

The Mexican Revolution Began in 1910

Today in Latin American history, reformist writer and politician Francisco I. Madero denounced Mexican President Porfirio Díaz, calling for a revolution to overthrow the government of Mexico in 1910. continue reading »

Pelé‘s Scored 1,000th Goal in 1969

Today in Latin American history, Brazilian soccer star Pelé scored his 1,000th goal in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium in 1969. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, Pelé would go on to score 1,282 goals in a career that lasted 21 years and 3 World Cup wins. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Honduras on Your 192nd Year of Independence

Today, all of Honduras is celebrating and rejoicing its 192-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500's and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region, enslaved native populations and decimated the island with smallpox continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Uruguay on Your 188th Year of Independence

Today, all of Uruguay is celebrating and rejoicing its 188-year old independence from Spain. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Ecuador on Your 204th Year of Independence

Today, all of Ecuador is celebrating and rejoicing its 204-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500’s and stayed for nearly 300 years as it colonized the region and enslaved native populations. continue reading »

Timely Time in Latin America

One thing that has been lacking for many years and from many United States Administrations is a Latin American policy. We have had policies, don’t get me wrong. But, we have never had a comprehensive policy since the early nineteenth century and then it was only warning the world that Latin America was our backyard and there was no room for other exploiters. continue reading »

Archaeologists Discover Pre-Hispanic Sculptures at Sun Pyramid in Mexico

Mexican archaeologists found several sculptures in a ditch at the Sun Pyramid in Teotihuacan that were used to decorate the temple about 1,500 years ago, the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, said. continue reading »

Chilean Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda Maybe Exhumed to Determine True Cause of Death

The judge investigating the death of poet Pablo Neruda on Monday directed experts to prepare new reports to help him determine whether to allow the Nobel laureate, who died 39 years ago, to be exhumed. continue reading »

¡Felicidades! Chile on Your 202nd Year of Independence

Today, all of Chile is celebrating and rejoicing its 202-year old independence from Spain. The Spanish arrived in the 1500's with Ferdinand Magellan first sighting Chile in 1520. Chile started its path to Spanish independence on September 18, 1810 when a junta was established. continue reading »