U.S. Occupation of Nicaragua Begins

by Elizabeth

This cartoon, entitled “Gettin’ Took,” appeared in the Urbana Courier-Herald on September 16, 1912.

The United States occupied Nicaragua from the summer of 1912 until 1933, when the Great Depression made the occupation too costly to maintain.

From 1909 to 1912, U.S. Marine Smedley Butler served in Nicaragua to enforce U.S. policy as part of the Banana Wars. Many years later, the highly decorated retired serviceman would write War Is a Racket.