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US Marines with the captured flag of Augusto César Sandino, Nicaragua, 1932

The United States occupied Nicaragua from 1912-1933 and intervened in the country several times before that. The US military interventions in Nicaragua were designed to prevent the construction of the Nicaraguan Canal by any nation but the USA. Nicaragua assumed a quasi-protectorate status under the 1916 Chamorro-Bryan Treaty. The occupation ended as Augusto César Sandino, a Nicaraguan revolutionary, led guerrilla armies against US troops. Furthermore, the onset of the Great Depression made it costly for the US government to maintain its occupation.

The only US journalist who interviewed Sandino during this occupation was Carleton Beals of The Nation.[1]

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