Term: Moral/Missionary Diplomacy (scroll down for definition)





Definition: Moral/Missionary Diplomacy

With regards to Latin America, President Wilson believed that the United States had a moral obligation to only recognize democratic nations which were not oppressive, or against American interests. In Mexico, Wilson refused to recognize the government of Vicoriano Huerta which he considered corrupt. After Huerta’s government dissolved, Wilson recognized the government of Venustiano Carranza. However, this recognition angered the revolutionary Pancho Villa. Villa went as far as invading New Mexico in 1916, killing seventeen Americans. He was never caught. 

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