Collision of Hats at central America

Political cartoon depicting Theodore Roosevelt using the Monroe Doctrine to keep European powers out of the Dominican Republic.

Three men in three different hats, portraying the power struggle in central America at the turn of the 20th century.

The European colonial forces portrayed as a frail old monarch with the Empire State Crown. The Dominican Republic as a helpless whimpering man, sitting on the ground with a Sombrero on his head; And towering above all, with a Cowboy Hat, Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States (1901-1909) with a huge canon gun attached to his groin. A note at the end of the gun barrel reads “Monroe Doctrine“.

The cartoon is a plain example of U.S. government propaganda, advancing Roosevelt administration’s policies specially what was known at the time, as Roosevelt Corollary.

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