Organization of American States

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Organization of American States

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  • Organisation des États Américaines
  • Organisación de los Estados Americanos
  • Organização dos Estados Americanos

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  • OEA
  • OAS

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1948-04-30 -


"The First International Conference of American States was held in Washington, D.C., October 1889 to April 1890 'for the purpose of discussing and recommending for adoption to their respective Governments some plan of arbitration for the settlement of disagreements and disputes that may hereafter arise between them, and for considering questions relating to the improvement of business intercourse and means of direct communication between said countries, and to encourage such reciprocal commercial relations as will be beneficial to all and secure more extensive markets for the products of each of said countries'

"Eighteen American States took part in that Conference, in which it was agreed to constitute the "International Union of American Republics for the prompt collection and distribution of commercial information," with its headquarters in Washington. Later it was to become the “Pan American Union” and, eventually, as its functions expanded, today’s General Secretariat of the OAS" (Organization of American States website, Our History webpage).

For more, please see the OAS website:


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-"Organization of American States (OAS)." (2012). Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online Academic Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2012. Web. 22 Aug. 2012.
-Our History. (2012?). Organization of American States webpage. Accessed online 22/08/2012:

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