Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969

Sources from The National Archives, UK

Complete runs of all British Government Confidential Print volumes relating to the nations of South and Central America.

This collection begins in the aftermath of independence for the former Spanish and Portuguese colonies of Latin America, addressing the politics of state-building and the Latin American nations’ establishment of their place in the fast-expanding global economy.

Topics covered include revolutions, wars and territorial changes, relations with indigenous peoples, the fitful progress of democracy, the influence of foreign financial interests, industrial and infrastructural development (including the building of the Panama Canal), slavery, immigration from Europe and the rise of political ideologies such as fascism and communism, amongst many other topics.

The files in Confidential Print: Latin America offer invaluable, accessible material to researchers engaged in the study of the region.
Professor Colin Lewis, London School of Economics

Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969 is part of Archives Direct, a cross-searchable multi-product platform, sourced from The National Archives, UK.

Key Data

Period Covered

  • 1833-1969


  • The nine-year siege of Montevideo (1843-52)
  • British emigration to Argentina and Brazil (1860s-90s)
  • British filibustering expeditions against Cuba (1884-5)
  • Protestant schools in the Mosquito Indian Reserve (1900)
  • The building of the Panama Canal (1900s)
  • Proposals for a confederation of Central American states (1907)
  • The dictatorships of Getúlio Vargas (1930-45) in Brazil and Juan Perón (1946-55) in Argentina

Source Archive

  • The National Archives, UK

Material Types

  • Ingoing and outgoing diplomatic dispatches 
  • Statistical charts and tables 
  • Accounts of tours 
  • Profiles of leading political, military and economic figures 
  • Correspondence 
  • Maps 
  • Minutes of meetings and conferences 
  • Texts of treaties 
  • Annual reports and calendars of events, by country

Editorial Board

  • Hortensia Calvo, Tulane University
  • Jeff Gould, Indiana University
  • Greg Grandin, New York University
  • Colin Lewis, London School of Economics


  • The Chilean Revolution
  • Education
  • Finance and commerce
  • Governmental changes and political movements
  • Industrial and infrastructural development
  • International warfare
  • Patterns of settlement and colonisation
  • Relations with indigenous peoples
  • Slavery and the slave trade
  • Territorial disputes

Key Features

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  • Full-text searchable
  • Map Gallery
  • Pre-populated searches for key people, places and topics


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