South America 1871 CE

Foreign investment is pouring into some South American countries.

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What is happening in South America in 1871CE

Political instability

In the past decades, most South American countries have been unable to achieve political stability, and are ruled by a succession of caudillos. In many places, this instability is compounded by strife between liberal and conservative factions. It is hardly surprising that most South American governments fail to solve problems of economic stagnation and chronic poverty.

Chile and Argentina

There are exceptions to this discouraging picture. Both Chile and Argentina have made steady economic progress, and both have experienced large-scale immigration from Europe.


In Portuguese-speaking South America, Emperor Pedro II has ruled Brazil for the past 40 years, and under him the huge country has known great economic progress.

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