San José Conference of 1906

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San José Conference of 1906

As stipulated in the 20 July 1906 Marblehead Pact, representatives of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras met in September 1906 in San José, Costa Rica. Nicaragua was invited to attend the conference, but President José Santos Zelaya declined the invitation. Most observers agreed that Zelaya's refusal was a protest against what he considered to be the excessive interference of the United States in isthmian affairs. The Conference produced an impressive series of treaties and conventions designed to promote isthmian peace and stability. The promise of the San José accords, however, was not immediately fulfilled, for within a matter of months a new round of hostilities erupted in Central America that led to the 1907 Washington Conference.

See alsoMarblehead Pact (1906) .


Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1906 (1909), esp. pp. 853-866.

Dana G. Munro, Intervention and Dollar Diplomacy in the Caribbean, 1900–1921 (1964), esp. pp. 146-147.

Additional Bibliography

Buchenau, Jürgen. In the Shadow of the Giant: The Making of Mexico's Central America Policy, 1876–1930. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1996.

                                     Richard. V. Salisbury

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