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64,529.  1898 President McKinley orders US troops to invade Cuba; 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt orders the invasion of Honduras; 1912 President Taft orders the invasion of Nicaragua; 1914-1918 President Wilson invades Haiti, Cuba and Panama; 1924-26 President Coolidge invades Nicaragua and Honduras; 1954 Einsenhower approves the overthrow of the elected government of Guatemala; 1961 Kennedy approves the CIA invasion of Cuba; 1965 Johnson invades the Dominican Republic; 1973 Nixon approves the overthrow of the elected government of Chile; 1981 President Reagan approves the CIA secret war against Nicaragua; 1983 President Reagan orders the invasion of Granada.  (Central America & Cuba & South America & CIA & Coup & Empire US)  John Pilger, Nicaragua - A Nation’s Right to Survive

 

 

28,979.  During the 1980s, the years of Ronald Reagan in the White House, a trail of carnage and grief was blazed across Central America.  (United States & Reagan & Central America & Empire US)  John Pilger, The War on Democracy  

 

 

94,952.  The historical norm is illustrated by the dramatic contrasting case of Central America, where any popular effort to overthrow the brutal tyrannies of the oligarchy and the military is met with murderous force, supported or directly organized by the ruler of the hemisphere.  Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy

 

 

108,418.  Latin America: our little region over here that has never bothered anybody as Secretary of War Henry Stimson described the hemisphere in May 1945.  (South America & Central America)  Noam Chomsky, History of US Rule in Latin America, lecture MIT December 2009

 

108,420.  Roosevelt was a shocking racist … With regard to the conquest of half of Mexico Roosevelt explained that it was inevitable and in the highest degree desirable.  (Central America & Mexico)  ibid.

 

108,421.  Stealing Panama from Colombia was also in the highest degree desirable … Teddy Roosevelt whose statue graces Mount Rushmore.  (Central America & Panama)  ibid.

 

108,424.  Henry Kissinger: There are more than enough tortured and mutilated corpses, more than enough widows and orphans, and more than enough misery and starvation to testify to his contribution … Kissinger explained - if we cannot manage Central America it will be impossible to convince threatened nations in the Persian Gulf and other places that we know how to manage the global equilibrium.  (Central America & Kissinger)  ibid.

 

 

109,014.  The [US] terrorist wars of the 1980s in Central America that left hundreds of thousands dead, millions of refugees and orphans, and four countries ruined.  Noam Chomsky, The Emerging Framework of World Power, lecture Northeastern University April 2002, Youtube 1.29.03

 

 

94,954.  One is tempted to believe that some people in the White House worship Aztec gods – with the offering of Central American blood.  Julio Godoy, journalist

 

 

4,365.  The Aztecs believe they owe a debt of blood to their gods.  (Humanity & Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  Mankind: The Story of All of Us VII: New World

 

4,366.  The Aztecs have created one of the most sophisticated civilisations on the planet.  (Humanity & Aztec & Central America & Civilisation & Mexico)  ibid.

 

4,367.  Aztec priests sacrifice thousands of men, women and children a year.  Up to 20,000 in one of their most important ceremonies.   (Humanity & Aztec & Central America & Civilisation & Mexico)  ibid.

 

4,372.  The people of the Americas have no immunity to a deadly threat – disease.  (Humanity & Central America & Aztec & Smallpox & Mexico)  ibid. 

 

4,373.  Montezuma’s treasuries are filled with gold.  (Humanity & Central America & Aztec & Mexico)  ibid.

 

4,374.  Six months later half the city is dead from Smallpox.  (Humanity & Central America & Aztec & Smallpox & Mexico)  ibid. 

 

 

64,387.  The Conquistadors sought not knowledge but gold.  They used their superior weapons to loot and murder.  In their madness they obliterated a civilisation.  (Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  Professor Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, Cosmos: Who Speaks for Earth? 1979

 

 

64,388.  It was not the power of the Spaniards that destroyed the Aztec Empire but the disbelief of the Aztecs themselves.  (Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  E F Schumacher, Roots of Economic Growth 1962

 

 

64,389.  When the Spanish first set foot on Mexican soil they faced some fifteen million native Americans.  And yet within half a century up to 80% of this population is wiped out.  (Aztec & Virus & Central America & Mexico)  Who Killed the Aztecs?

 

64,390.  Conventional wisdom suggested that the collapse of the Aztec population resulted from an historic one-off: the first contact with peoples of different infections and immunities.  New evidence points to an epidemic caused by a local virus that suddenly wipes out the native population in devastating numbers.  (Aztec & Virus & Central America & Mexico)  ibid.

 

64,391.  But the number of deaths and the speed at which the casualties spread across the Aztec Empire suggests that in Mexico a second mutation took place.  This mutation allowed the virus to pass directly from human to human.  Once this happened the scene was set for an Aztec apocalypse.  (Aztec & Virus & South America & Mexico)  ibid.  

 

 

64,392.  Historical records show that human sacrifice played a central role in Aztec culture.  It is thought that they practised it on an unprecedented scale.  Could the bodies at Zultepec have met the same fate?  Or is there something even darker behind their demise?  (Aztec & South America & Sacrifice & Central America & Mexico)  The Aztec Massacre

 

64,393.  The Spanish were the first Europeans in Mexico.  They landed their ships on the Gold Coast in 1519 in search of new wealth.  (Aztec & South America & Central America)  ibid.

 

64,394.  The collapse of the Inca empire in the hands of the Spanish Conquistadors was a bloody affair.  (Aztec & South America & Inca & Central America & Mexico)  ibid. 

 

 

64,395.  They’re not really professional soldiers.  Some of them are but most of them are regular Spaniards ... armed entrepreneurs.  (Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  Professor Matthew Restall, colonial Latin American historian

 

 

64,396.  The Aztecs practised human sacrifice on an almost industrial scale.  Spanish Conquistadors reported that they could smell the abattoir stench of the temples long before they could see them.  The Aztec’s insatiable thirst for human blood is both unique and terrifying.  (Aztec & Central America & Sacrifice & Mexico)  Professor Robert Winston, The Story of God

 

 

64,397.  On April 21st 1519 an ominous sight appears off the coast of Mexico.  A fleet of Spanish caravels.  Unlike earlier expeditions that came here to explore, Hernan Cortes and his men have come to conquer.  (Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  Conquistadors

 

64,398.  On August 8th 1519, four months after landing on the coast, Cortes leaves a garrison of one hundred and fifty men and sets off to confront an empire of millions.  He has just three hundred soldiers and eight hundred native allies.  Although the Aztecs have an army of over four hundred thousand warriors, Cortes vows to conquer or die.  (Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  ibid.

 

64,399.  The Spanish were awe-struck at a metropolis whose population of two hundred and fifty thousand surpassed even the cities of Europe.  (Aztec & Central America & City & Mexico)  ibid.

 

64,400.  Over one hundred tons of gold were looted as well as countless gems and precious stone.  (Aztec & South America & Gold & Mexico)  ibid.

 

64,401.  Within years it would kill almost 90% of the Aztec population.  With no immunity to European diseases the Aztecs were decimated by what they called the great rash.  (Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  ibid. 

 

 

64,402.  In August 1519 the Spanish adventurer Hernan Cortes prepared to lead his men into the unexplored territories of central America, modern-day Mexico.   Lured on by rumours of immense treasure he and his small band of a few hundred Conquistadors had come to conquer an entire continent for king, for country and for the Holy Catholic Church.  (Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  Cortes: Warriors

 

64,403.  The emperor’s name was Montezuma.  He ate his prisoners and offered their hearts to the sun ... He presided over an advanced civilisation that had writing, education and organised religion.  He ruled over millions of people.  (Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  ibid.

 

64,404.  Dona Marina had a son by Cortes but later married another Spaniard.  Most of the Spaniards remained in the new world bitter at how little they’d made from the conquest.  (Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  ibid.

 

 

64,405.  The blood flowed like water.  The stench of it and entrails filled the air.  The Spaniards invaded every room hunting and killing.  (Aztec & Central America & Mexico)  Aztec eye-witness

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