Undocumented US Forces Invade Panama 1856

On September 16, 1856, US troops landed in Panama, remaining until September 22. The stated reason was to “protect American interests during an insurrection.”  The “insurrection” was actually a riot that had occurred in April of that year, involving a number of drunk tourists, an unpaid bar tab and a serving of watermelon.  One of William Walker’s enemy combatants was killed in the melee.  (Please see September 12, 1860 for more on Walker.)  Despite a delay of five months, the US government still thought that the incident justified an invasion, and 160 undocumented US soldiers invaded, took over the railway station, and eventually left – without firing a shot. No, this is not fake news, it really happened. (Image by www.Free-Extras.com)

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