Imperialism in Latin America


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Why were European nations able to exert so much control over Latin American economies in the years after independence?

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1. What was the Monroe Doctrine?

2. How did the United States get the Southwest?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz and worksheet combo, you'll be assessed on 19th and 20th century imperialism in Latin America. For the quiz, some of the information you'll need to know includes how European nations were able to exert considerable control over Latin American nations even after their independence and how the United States benefited from its intervention in Cuba's war for independence from Spain.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools will test you on:

  • The Monroe Doctrine
  • How the United States acquired the Southwest
  • What the U.S. gained from Panama's declaration of independence

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of imperialism in different contexts
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about imperialism in Latin America in a new light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding European influence in Latin America
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about United States involvement in Latin America

Additional Learning

To ensure your understanding, review the accompanying lesson, Imperialism in Latin America. The lesson features the following objectives:

  • Understand the term imperialism in the context of 19th and 20th century Latin America
  • Learn why European nations were interested in Latin America
  • Uncover the reason for France's attempted invasion of Mexico in 1861
  • Describe the events leading up to the Mexican American War (1846-1848)
  • Discuss the United States' relationship with Latin America