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Old June 22nd, 2011, 10:56 AM   #1

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Could the US have easily colonized South America at any point in history?


Could it have done it at all, let alone easily?

Would/could it last?
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That something didn't happen is proof of its impossibility. That we might readily imagine it happening is mere plausibility, which is a different thing entirely from possibility.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 11:09 AM   #3

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I imagine they did it quite easily when it was uninhabited by people.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 11:15 AM   #4

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I think Bernardo O'Higgins would have been just one pf the people who would have fought this.
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"I could have been President of the United States if...." (Nope, nope, nope. The "if's" didn't happen, and that presidency didn't happen. Not part of the multidimensional web of causation; ergo, never possible.)
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Could it have done it at all, let alone easily?

Would/could it last?
It could have been done, sure, but it would have taken time and I
would not say it would have been easy. The terrain alone is a major
obstacle. The larger obstacle in the way to assimilating South America are
the people and religion. The US had a war with Mexico and didn't want
the whole cart, just the fruit in the cart. I really don't see
Manifest Destiny curving south in most early American minds.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 11:31 AM   #7

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I think Bernardo O'Higgins would have been just one pf the people who would have fought this.
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Could it have done it at all, let alone easily?

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There have been a couple of times it looked like it was going to happen.

Thanfully it didn't.
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Old June 22nd, 2011, 12:18 PM   #9

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You know, Spain was a rather unlikely nation to colonize most of the Western Hemisphere. France or England seemed more likely, if we look at the balance of power a bit earlier. Perhaps in Chaucers time.

But Spain did manage it rather impressively.

Before that, I cant see any European power earlier than Chaucers time being able to do it, not until we go all the way back to Roman times.

They could have pulled it off if anybody in the ancient world could have. But after Rome, it wasnt going to happen for a long, long time. Even if it had been common knowledge.
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And Sr. Bolivar, of course. Having thrown off one set of colonial powers, facing off with another would have been just another day at the office.
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