A dictatorship is an authoritarian or autocratic type of office or government where there is absolute control of one person. In other words, the dictator has total power and rules everything.
Here are examples of dictatorships with the dictator, his country, and time of rule.
Dictators in the Americas
- Oswaldo López Arellano - Honduras - 1963 to 1971 and 1972 to 1975
- Raul Castro - Cuba - 2006 to present
- Nicolás Maduro - Venezuela - 2013 to present
- Manuel Noriega - Panama - 1983 to 1989
- Anastasio Somoza Debayle - Nicaragua - 1967 to 1979
- Carlos Castillo Armas - Guatemala - 1954 to 1957
- Alberto Fujimori - Peru - 1992 to 1993
- Hugo Chávez - Venezuela - 1999 to 2012
- João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo - Brazil - 1979 to 1985
- Eric Gairy - Grenada - 1974 to 1979
- Raoul Cédras - Haiti - 1991 to 1994
Dictatorships have, and do, exist throughout the world and throughout history.