Latin American and Caribbean History

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Latin America:




Data and Statistics




Search the Centre for Research Libraries catalogue by country to find historical newspapers for individual countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Most are available in microform and can be ordered through your RACER account.  See also the Latin American Studies Topic Guide.




Includes approximately 500,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology.

Over 1,200 images, maps and texts from the 18th and 19th centuries reveal contrasting experiences of life in the former British colonies.

Films and Videos

If you wish to borrow a video listed in Watmedia please fill out our Interfilm Video Request form - do not submit requests directly to Watmedia.

Open source movies in Spanish.

Government Documents


Searchable database of bibliographic data on Mesoamerican cultures

Virtual library of eBooks, eJournals, Conference Proceedings, and Multimedia published in Latin America and the Caribbean.

By Country





Digital archive of ecclesiastical sources for Africans and those of African descent in Cuba, Brazil and Spanish-controlled areas of the Caribbean, covering the early 16th century through the late 19th century. Only the Cuban Documents are available at the moment.


Access to Government of Jamaica documents and online exhibitions


A digital educational resource on contemporary US-Mexico border issues.

Oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero program, a guest worker initiative that spanned the years 1942-1964.

"Full text of five agreements between the government of Mexico and the Zapatista National Liberation Front (EZLN) from February 1996."

European imperialism in Mexico through 19th century photographs of which include images of cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite, albums, and postcards.


By Topic


Digital collection of selected Latin American manuscripts, covering the Colonial period and 19thand 20th centuries.

    Internet Modern History Sourcebook

Includes full text of documents and essays as well as links to other resources for these time periods:

    Colonial Latin America
    19th Century Latin America
    20th Century Latin America

 Human Rights

The digital library is a specialized collection of over 5,700 full-text documents relating to refugees and forced migration. Searchable.

International Organizations


Over 29,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials.

Clickable map of the countries in Central America and the Caribbean.

Politics and Government





Content last updated: March 12, 2019