Political map of North America & the Caribbean 29 January 1914 (Banana Wars): Political instability in the Caribbean and Central America continued into the 1910s, prompting further US military interventions as it sought to maintain order in the region (Banana Wars). By 1914 it had extended its dominance to the Dominican Republic (History of the Dominican Republic), Nicaragua (United States occupation of Nicaragua), Honduras (History of Honduras) and Haiti (United States occupation of Haiti). Although often sanctioned by local governments or the European powers, the involvement of US commercial interests, especially fruit companies, in encouraging these interventions has led to them being named "Banana Wars".