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William Walker and Citgo

The robbery of the Venezuelan company Citgo and everything that revolves around this dispossession has a history of historical interest.

Since 1849, California and the American West acquired importance for the United States. Since there was no route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, an important commercial route was opened between New York and San Francisco, which crossed Nicaragua. The ships left New York bound for Nicaragua, where people and goods were transported by water and land to the Pacific to be sent to San Francisco.

In 1853, American millionaire William Walker recruited gringo slave owners to begin his campaign in Mexico in search of power and more wealth.

He hoped to form an American colony in Mexico, which could eventually be part of the United States, as Texas had done in 1848. Walker's mercenary army conquered two Mexican cities: La Paz and Ensenada. There he was named president of the new “Republic of Sonora.” But days after the conquest, the unexpected resistance of the Mexican troops forced Walker to withdraw to the United States.

In 1854, a civil war broke out in Nicaragua between supporters of the Legitimist Party and the Democratic Party. He líder bourgeois of the latter party, Francisco Castellón, asked for coercive measures and a military invasion of Walker.

At the end of 1855, Walker's troops arrived in the city of El Realejo and turned the tide of the civil war. The Yankees win the battle in Granada, Walker controls the country and has himself appointed president. His government was recognized by Washington.

He ruled by decree, chose to reestablish slavery, instituted English as the official language, encouraged the arrival of Americans, changed the Constitution and the country's flag.

Walker did not last long in power. Less than two years later, the people in arms organized to overthrow him. Walker was expelled from Nicaragua and returned to the United States. There he wrote a book called The Nicaraguan War and began recruiting new allies. His plan was still alive and, three years later, he landed in Honduras for a new coup adventure.

And do you know what happened? Walker ended up being sentenced to death by the Honduran authorities and shot by troops loyal to our American dignity.

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