Bombing of Vera Cruz, Mexico (Guess who did it?)

The US invaded and bombarded the Mexican port of Vera Cruz on April 21, 1914. The murky reasoning for the invasion was the arrest of nine US sailors by the Mexican government for violating Mexican law and rumors of weapons shipments to Germany.  The weapons were actually being shipped through Mexico to Germany by an American company trying to avoid the arms embargo against Germany during World War I. (Oops!) However, this fake news was sufficient reason for US force to invade a sovereign nation, and the Marines stormed the waterfront and then the city.  The fighting continued until April 24, with significant civilian casualties.  Argentina, Brazil and Chile were able to broker a peace agreement between the US and Mexico, and the undocumented US soldiers withdrew on November 23, 2014.

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