Reading the Map: Where did the United States repeatedly intervene? What kinds of raw materials were most heavily produced in these areas, and how much total foreign investment (approximately) was in these areas?
• The United States intervened in Central America and the Caribbean islands. The predominant exports were coffee, sugar, bananas, and beef. A total of $2.1 billion was invested in these areas.
Connections: Which two South American countries absorbed the majority of European settlers? How much foreign investment did they receive, total, and relative to investment in other South American lands? What might explain the connection?
• Brazil and Argentina absorbed the majority of European settlers. Argentina received $4 billion in foreign investment, Brazil $1.9 billion. European settlers were attracted by the opportunities created by the export boom, and had business connections in Europe that helped spur investment and exports there.
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