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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Corinto, Nicaragua

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Corinto is a town of 17,000 (1995 population) on the northwest Pacific coast
of Nicaragua in the province of Chinandega. The municipality was founded in
1863 and was named in honour of the Greek city of Corinth.


It was a railroad terminus and Nicaragua's largest Pacific port. It has its
own Container terminal and is able to manage a wide variety of cargo: liquid
bulk, containers, cars, etc.

United States Intervention

On May 2, 1896 U.S. Marines land in Corinto to protect U.S. interests during
political unrest.

On January 25, 1922 the USS Galveston landed a detachment of U.S. Marines at
Corinto, to reinforce the Managua legation guard during a period of
political tension.

While supporting the Contras against the Stalinist Sandinista government in the 1980s, U.S. Forces mined the harbor of Corinto. On October 10, 1983 an attack destroyed 3.2 million gallons of fuel. It is believed that this attack was directed by the CIA and carried out by U.S. Navy Seals.

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