Sumner Welles's mission in Cuba



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In this thesis, an attempt has been made to examine the tactics and goals pursued by American policy in Cuba during 1933. Washington used its powerful influence to produce a set of circumstances that led to the removal of two Cuban Presidents. The goal of this policy was to establish a stable Cuban government that would increase opportunities for American business interests. Thus, during the first part of Sumner Welles's Mission, the Ambassador helped to oust a pro- American dictator who had thrown the island into political turmoil due to his immense political repression. His replacement did not alleviate the situation and was in turn ousted by nationalistic students and opportunistic enlisted men who established an administration bent on reform. The United States paved the way for this government's ouster by not granting it diplomatic recognition. Washington felt that the new regime could produce a social revolution that would endanger American interests on the island. However, the United States did not calculate the long term impact of its action upon the Cuban political system. The failure to accomplish such a study would ultimately produce a Cuban government that would strongly oppose American interests.