Pact of Espino Negro
In 1924, moderate conservative Carlos Solórzano was elected president of Nicaragua and Juan Bautista Sacasa, who had served as Vice-President under overthrown President Jose Santos Zelaya, served as his Vice President Believing the Nicaraguan government was stable, the United States Marines agreed to end it's 13 year presence in the country and wihdrew from Nicaragua in August 1925. However, President Solórzano, who had already purged the liberals from his coalition government, was subsequently forced out of power in November 1925 by a conservative group who proclaimed General Emiliano Chamorro (who had also served as president from 1917 to 1921), as president in January 1926. In the wake of Chamorro's coup, Sacasa fled to Mexico. Fearing a new liberal-conservative war would take place, the United States refused to accept Chamorro as President and sent Marines back to Nicaragua in May 1926 to protect United States citizens and property within the nation. In October 1926, following a mediated peace agreement, Chamorro resigned as President and former Nicaraguan Preisident Adolfo Diaz was elected President by the Nicaraguan Congress.
However, the country was again plagued with violence when Sacasa returned to Nicaragua and claimed his rights to the Presidency. In April 1927, The United States sent Henry L. Stimson to Nicaragua to help resolve the conflict. On May 20, 1927, General Jose Maria Moncada, the leader of the liberal rebels, and President Diaz agreed to a truce.
As part of the agreement, President Díaz would finish his term and United States forces would remain in Nicaragua to maintain order and supervise the 1928 elections. The United States would also work with the Nicaraguan government to organize a non-partisan police force. Both the rebels and the government also agreed to disarm their forces while the United States organized this police force- which would be known as the Nicaraguan Naitional Guard- as well.
While most of the government and rebel forces agreed to accept the pact, Saracas refused to sign the agreement and left the country. A rebel liberal group under the leadership of Augusto César Sandino also refused to sign the Pact of Espino Negro. Sandino would afterwards state an undeclared guerrilla war against the United States Marine and the Nicaragua National Guard. In January 1933, the United States- now in the mist of The Great Depression and anxious to end involvement in Nicaragua's military affairs after seeing the casualties inflicted by Sandino's army- agreed to with withdraw from Nicaragua. The following year, however, the Nicaraguan National Guard captured and executed Sandino and destroyed his entire army. The leader of the Nicaraguan National Guard, Anastasio Somoza, also used this police force to win the 1936 Nicaraguan presidential election and establish a dictatorship.
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