Latin America: South to the Future

Latinos had always found New Orleans simpatico. It was linked to them by the traditions of Bourbon Spain. Its easy graces, Gallic sauces, gaiety and gambling had been a consolation to Latin American political exiles since Jean Lafitte made common cause with the struggling republic of Cartagena in 1806.

Central American politicos, from the days of William Walker to those of dollar diplomacy, had hatched new revolutions in the musty Vieux Carré. Nowadays Guatemala's ex-Dictator Jorge Ubico, moping in his St. Charles Avenue garden, is about the only political exile left, but Latin...

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