Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent Themes

Eduardo Galeano
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Hands down, the plunder of Latin America is the main theme of this book. The pillage of Latin America and its precious metals and other natural resources has been going on for five centuries and goes on in modern times. The first to plunder the natural resources of Latin America were the Spanish conquistadors. Led by Hernan Cortes, the conquistadors conquered the Aztec nation, led by Montezuma. They were astonished by the gold that was in abundance in this civilization. The Portuguese followed suit by invading and making claim on the robust gold in what is current day Brazil.

Through the years, the invaders or foreign powers continued to take and take from Latin America. After the precious metals came the pillaging of bananas, coffee, cacao, rubber, sugar produced on large plantations established by foreign powers. Not only did the oppressors take the resources, they left behind them...

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