Everyone must obey the laws (even those in authority including the leader) Constitutions and other laws define the rights
Ruler has control and there are no limits to his/her authority Example Iraq Saddam Hussein
In 1821, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua became independent from Spain.
A union of groups or states under a central authority
The Central American countries formed a federation. The people of this federation argued about states’ rights. Dictators often took control of the countries often in violent ways.
An idea that individual states have final authority over the national, or central, government
A member of a small group of soldiers who are not part of the regular army Goal is to overthrow dictatorships
A war where groups of people from the same place (or country) fight one another
The 7 countries of Central America are all democracies. Belize is a parliamentary democracy of Britain. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama are all republics, like the United States. Panama became independent from Columbia in 1903.
A written request for action, signed by many people
Haiti became the first republic when it became independent from France. Puerto Rico is a United States colony. Dictators controlled Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Cuba is communist. People in St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix are United States citizens. Britain and France still have strong ties with some of the islands in the Caribbean.
People in Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic are among the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.
A governing and economic system in which all property and all means of production belong to the people as a group Government runs everything Fidel Castro