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Bolivia Fighting for Support Bolivia Fighting for Support Winning over the Americans Amy Callaway September 8, 2008 Dr. Da Cruz International Relations
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Bolivia in the 1950’s saw a rise in revolutionary perspectives. The “tin barons”: Patino, Aramayo, and Hothschild, tin companies held an advantage and controlled the market. Eighty percent in fact of the exported minerals were tin, and these three companies exporting more than sixty four percent of tin overall from the country. The Movimento Nacionalista Revolucianario (MNR) held the oligarchy responsible for Bolivia’s fallen economy. Lead by Victor Paz Estenssoro the MNR sought to nationalize the companies. They succeeded and managed to enfranchise the Indian population, pass agrarian reform, destroy the Latifundia System, and neutralize the military as well. A dispute broke out over the nationalization and while everyone was seeking American support slanderous rumors arose. Bolivian ambassador Victor Andrade was sent to Washington D.C. to counteract a campaign which made the MNR out to be full of
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