Coffee Diplomacy

The excitable Colombian press had an anti-U.S. field day. El Tiempo talked of a "bad neighbor" policy, dredged up such old standbys as "dollar diplomacy," "manifest destiny," the "big stick." El Espectador accused the U.S. of "economic aggression." The reason for the uproar was that the U.S. and Colombia had got themselves tangled in an unseemly row over shipping coffee.

Favors Granted. The trouble began when the powerful semi-official National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia urged exporters to ship only on the eight vessels of the Great Colombia Fleet (Flotá Mercante...

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