Nicaragua Crisis of 1894-1895

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The Nicaragua Crisis of 1895 was triggered by the Nicaraguan annexation of the Mosquito Coast, leading to the temporary British occupation of Corinto.

Treaty of ManaguaEdit

On 28 January 1860, Britain and Nicaragua concluded the treaty of Managua, which transferred to Nicaragua the suzerainty over the entire Caribbean coast from Cabo Gracias a Dios to Greytown but granted autonomy to the Miskito in the more limited Mosquito Reserve (the area described above). King George Augustus Fredric II accepted this change on condition that he should retain his local authority, and receive a yearly subvention of £1000 until 1870. On his death in 1865, Nicaragua refused to recognize his successor, William Henry Clarence.

The reserve nevertheless continued to be governed by an elected chief, aided by an administrative council, which met in Bluefields; and the Miskito denied that the suzerainty of Nicaragua connoted any right of interference with their internal affairs. The question was referred for arbitration to the Habsburg emperor of Austria, whose award (published in 1880) upheld the contention of the Indians, and affirmed that the suzerainty of Nicaragua was limited by the Miskitos' right of self-government.

Annexation of the Mosquito ReserveEdit

In early 1894, Nicaragua invaded the Mosquito Reserve, occupying Bluefields and deposing Prince Robert Henry Clarence, its Hereditary Chief, on 12 February 1894, only to be forced out in July by British and American intervention. When foreign forces withdrew a month later, Nicaragua launched a second invasion, forcibly removing all American and British residents to Managua.[citation needed]

After enjoying almost complete autonomy for fourteen years, on 20 November 1894 the Mosquito Reserve formally became incorporated into that of the republic of Nicaragua by Nicaraguan president José Santos Zelaya. The former Mosquito Coast was established as the Nicaraguan department of Zelaya.

British occupation of CorintoEdit

When Nicaragua refused to pay Britain an indemnity for the annexation of the Mosquito Reserve, the British responded by occupying the Nicaraguan Pacific port of Corinto on 27 April 1895.[1] Eventually the British left after being paid indemnities by the Nicaraguan government.[2][3]


  1. ^ "The Spokesman-Review". 28 April 1895.
  2. ^ Healy, David (1 September 2011). US Expansionism: The Imperialist Urge in the 1890s. University of Wisconsin Press. p. 24. ISBN 9780299058531. Retrieved 2 January 2019 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Abreu, María Verónica Valarino de. The Anglo-Venezuelan Boundary Dispute: A Victory for Whom?. p. 33. ISBN 9781365833847. Retrieved 2 January 2019 – via Google Books.