Confidential Print: Latin America, 1833-1969


The Confidential Print series was issued by the British Government between c. 1820 and 1970. The series originated out of a need to preserve the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. These range from single-page letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports and texts of treaties. All items marked ‘Confidential Print’ were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet, and to heads of British missions abroad.

Confidential Print: Latin America covers revolutions, territorial changes and political movements, foreign financial interests, industrial and infrastructural development (including the building of the Panama Canal), wars, slavery, immigration from Europe and relations with indigenous peoples, amongst other topics.

Confidential Print: Latin America includes the following file classes from the UK National Archives, Kew, in their entirety:

  • FO 497/1-10 (South America, 1947-1956)
  • FO 467/1-5 (Brazil, 1947-1951)
  • FO 486/1-10 (Mexico, 1947-1956)
  • FO 533/1-11 (Central America and Caribbean, 1947-1957)
  • FO 420/1-294 (Central and South America, 1833-1941)
  • FO 495/1-10 (River Plate countries (Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay), 1947-1956)

The resource also includes the following selected files:

  • FO 118/276, 281, 287, 292, 305, 317, 331 (Argentina, 1906-1913)
  • FO 177/297 (Chilean Revolution, 1891)
  • FO 508/8 (South and Central America, 1908-1909)
  • FO 461/14-22 (Americas general, 1958-1969)

All these documents are full-text searchable.

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