US Marines Land In Nicaragua
At the end of the Spanish American War in 1898 the US had Cuba and Puerto Rico in it’s possession. To control Central America and the Caribbean a series of military interventions have occurred u
In 1909 Nicaraguan faced a rebellion that pitted liberal president Zelaya against conservative governor Estrada. The US sent 250 US Marines and Estrada became president in August 1910. Estrada was replaced by Aldofo Diaz. Due to a long delay in a US loan, starvation has broken out in some areas and resentment against US influence began to grow. Luis Mena, the Nicaraguan Secretary of War managed to gain the support of the National Assembly accusing Díaz of “selling out the nation to New York bankers.” Yesterday rebel forces seized vessels on Lake Nicaragua belonging to US interests tied to the railroads. Diaz asked the US government for help and Knox appealed to president Taft for military intervention, arguing that the Nicaraguan railway from Corinto to Granada was threatened.
On August 4, 1912 100 US marines landed in Corinto, Nicaragua from the gunboat USS ANNAPOLIS with hundreds more on the way on the USS TACOMA primarily to protect US interests but also to back up Diaz. Coincidentally, Secretary Knox is putting pressure on Congress to approve the stalled $10 million loan.