Augusto Pinochet As A Modern Caudillo

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A. Plan of Investigation This investigation evaluates the degree to which the rise of caudillismo in Latin America was inevitable. To assess the extent to which caudillismo was unavoidable, the investigation focuses on Augusto Pinochet, a militaristic ruler, his involvement with the leadership in Chile. The history of Peru as a country, and all of Latin America, is explored in this assessment. The details of Augusto Pinochet’s rule after he became a Cauldillo are only briefly discussed, as this investigation focuses on the events in Chile’s history that allowed his rise to power. Pinochet’s actions while a leader do not exemplify how caudillismo was inevitable in Latin America, and therefore do not help answer the question. The two sources selected for this evaluation, Augusto Pinochet from the ABC-CLIO database and The Later Nineteenth Century by Neill Macaulay are evaluated for their origins, purposes, limitations, and values. B. Summary of Evidence After the expulsion of the Spanish Army in 1825, each “Nation” in Latin America has it’s own internal conflicts. None of the separate Nations had an accepted plan for how the new government should be set up. None of the Nations could collaborate or cooperate with the other developing countries. During this post-independence period, the countries were separating themselves and creating their own independent Republics. It was in these republics that caudillismo was born. These tyrannical leaders were the main cause of the economic stagnation that’s effects have lasted up to the current day. Chile was no different. By 1850, the country was fueled by its exports of nitrates and copper. During the second half of the 19th century, progress was being made all over the continent. Exports were profitable, and politics were reaching stability. Caudillos were on a decline as democratic governments

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