12 Facts About Augusto Sandino


Augusto C Sandino, full name Augusto Nicolas Calderon de Sandino y Jose de Maria Sandino, was a Nicaraguan revolutionary and leader of a rebellion between 1927 and 1933 against the United States occupation of Nicaragua.

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Augusto Sandino was assassinated in 1934 by National Guard forces of General Anastasio Somoza Garcia, who went on to seize power in a coup d'etat two years later.

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Augusto Sandino is revered in Nicaragua and in 2010 its congress unanimously named him a "national hero".

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In July 1912, when he was 17, Augusto Sandino witnessed an intervention of United States troops in Nicaragua to suppress an uprising against President Adolfo Diaz, regarded by many as a United States puppet.

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In 1921 at the age of 26, Augusto Sandino attacked and tried to kill Dagoberto Rivas, the son of a prominent conservative townsman, who had made disparaging comments about Augusto Sandino's mother.

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In June 1927, Augusto Sandino organised a group of 50 men to march to the San Albino mines in Nueva Segovia, where he was formerly employed by American businessman Charles Butters.

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At the beginning of July 1927, Augusto Sandino issued a manifesto condemning the betrayal of the Liberal revolution by the vendepatria Moncada.

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Augusto Sandino further boasted the capture of six Lewis machine guns, three M1921 Thompsons and 46 Lewis automatic rifles.

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Augusto Sandino's communiques were regularly published in American media; for instance, he was frequently quoted during 1928 in Time magazine during the Marines' offensive.

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Augusto Sandino's army suffered a major blow in February 1929 when Gen.

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In February 1931, Augusto Sandino issued his "Manifest of Light and Truth", which reflected a new millenarian tone in his beliefs.

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Augusto Sandino met with Sacasa in Managua in February 1934, pledged his loyalty to him and agreed to order his forces to surrender their weapons within three months.

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