Burning of San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua

The earth-shattering barrage continued from July 9 to July 15, 1854, as the undocumented US Navy bombarded and burned the town San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua. The stated reason was to avenge an “insult” of the norteamericano Minister to Nicaragua.  The number of civilian casualties was not listed in my research sources.  The terror of the carnage was publicized worldwide. That must have been one hell of an insult.  (Image from Illustrated London News, 1854)

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