Francisco Franco and Texaco: Providing Fuel for Both the War and Propaganda

Open Access
Mcculloch, Shannon Mallory
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Ross H Pifer, Thesis Supervisor
  • John Lipski, Honors Advisor
  • Oil
  • Texaco
  • Franco
  • Spain
  • Propaganda
  • Spanish Civil War
This thesis seeks to uncover exactly how the war relief aid, particularly through Texaco oil and oil stocks, contributed to Franco’s regime. Throughout history, we see a constant influence of regime type on media outlets, especially in Franco’s Spain. Further, it will verify a clear parallel between regime types and permissible media publications within each regime, respectively. By means of this paper, I hope to be able to contribute to the larger discussion on the political profile of Francisco Franco’s regime and the United States’ role in expanding its influence in Europe in the aftermath of World War II. This thesis will also question Texaco Oil and Franco’s Spain with respect to various trades, deals, and overall add to global conversations. How crucial really was the oil question to the Franco regime in the 1940’s and 50’s after the Civil War to fuel the economy and kick off the reconstruction process.