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Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969

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“Confidential Print: Latin America will be enormously useful to scholars of Latin America. Whether making available documents relating the British Foreign Office's intimate involvement in the region's history – including in Chile during its nitrate boom and the civil conflict that in 1891 brought down a president, and Argentina during the first half of the twentieth century – or its astute analysis of Washington's manoeuvers, this collection will be highly illuminating.”

Greg Grandin,

Professor of History, New York University

The Confidential Print series, issued by the British Government between c. 1820 and 1970, is a fundamental building block for political, social and economic research.

The series originated out of a need to preserve the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. These range from single-page letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports and texts of treaties. All items marked ‘Confidential Print’ were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet, and to heads of British missions abroad.

Covering revolutions, territorial changes and political movements, foreign financial interests, industrial and infrastructural development (including the building of the Panama Canal), wars, slavery, immigration from Europe and relations with indigenous peoples, amongst other topics, the documents in this title form a vital resource for any scholar of Latin American history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Confidential Print: Latin America includes the following file classes from the UK National Archives, Kew, in their entirety:

  • FO 497/1-10 (South America, 1947-1956)
  • FO 467/1-5 (Brazil, 1947-1951)
  • FO 486/1-10 (Mexico, 1947-1956)
  • FO 533/1-11 (Central America and Caribbean, 1947-1957)
  • FO 420/1-294 (Central and South America, 1833-1941)
  • FO 495/1-10 (River Plate countries (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), 1947-1956)

The resource also includes the following selected files:

  • FO 118/276, 281, 287, 292, 305, 317, 331 (Argentina, 1906-1913)
  • FO 177/297 (Chilean Revolution, 1891)
  • FO 508/8 (South and Central America, 1908-1909)
  • FO 461/14-22 (Americas general, 1958-1969)

All these documents are full-text searchable.

Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969 is an Archives Direct resource.

Please see this link for further information.