North America 1845
Annexation of Texas
An even bigger flashpoint than Oregon was Texas, which wanted to join the US despite Mexican warnings that doing so ...
North America 1914
Political instability in the Caribbean and Central America continued into the 1910s, prompting further US military interventions as it sought ...
North America 1916
Pancho Villa Expedition
The coalition that had deposed Huerta collapsed soon after taking Mexico City. A year of fighting followed, in which the ...
South America 1918
South America in the Great War
When World War I broke out in Europe, the German East Asia Squadron attempted to reach the Atlantic via the ...
South America 1933
Bolivia and Paraguay were both left land-locked by the 19th century's wars in South America. Having lost substantial territory ...
North America 1934
The Great Depression hit the United States hard, with a nearly 45% drop in industrial production and widespread unemployment peaking ...
South America 1942
Brazil enters World War II
On 7 December 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, bringing the United States into World War II. Brazil almost immediately began ...
North America 1944
America in World War II
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Germany declared war on the United States, bringing its U-boat campaign to the ...
South America 1948
Following the end of World War II, suspicion and hostility grew between the United States and the Soviet Union. In ...
North America 1949
North Atlantic Treaty
World War II left the United States and the Soviet Union as the dominant powers in Europe. Relations between the ...
South America 1962
Cold War reaches Latin America
Less than a month after the signing of the Rio Pact in 1948 - and while the Organization of American States ...
North America 1994
New World Order
In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait - the first major crisis of the post-Cold War world. Under US leadership, a global ...
North America 2001
September 11 attacks
To defeat Iraq, the US had based troops in Saudi Arabia - a move which offended a number of Muslims. One ...
North America 2014
Mexican Drug War
The US responded to the September 11 attacks by declaring a "War on Terror" and invading Afghanistan, where Al-Qaeda was ...