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Profile: Woodrow Wilson

 
  

Positions that Woodrow Wilson has held:

  • President of the United States (1913-1921)


 

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July 18, 1915      Haiti

       US President Woodrow Wilson sends US forces to Haiti in an attempt to prevent Germany or France from taking it over. Haiti controls the Windward Passage to the Panama Canal and is seen as strategically critical. The Haitian government is near insolvency at this time and is significantly in debt to foreign corporations. German companies control almost 80 percent of Haitian trade. US forces will occupy the country until 1934. [Toronto Star, 2/29/2004; Rogozinski, 1992] A few weeks later, the US State Department installs Senator Philippe Sudre Dartiguenave as the head of state. “When the National Assembly met, the Marines stood in the aisles with their bayonets until the man selected by the American Minister was made President,” Smedley Butler, a Marine who will administer Haiti's local police force, laters writes. [Common Dreams, 3/10/04]
People and organizations involved: Philippe Sudre Dartiguenave, Smedley Butler, Woodrow Wilson
          

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