The Bryan–Chamorro Treaty
was signed between Nicaragua
and The United States
on August 5, 1914. The Wilson
administration changed the treaty by adding a provision similar in language to that of the Platt Amendment
, which would have authorized United States military intervention in Nicaragua. The United States Senate opposed the new provision; in response, it was dropped and the treaty was formally ratified on June 19, 1916.
The democratically elected and reform-minded Liberal Party president José Santos Zelaya López
had incurred the wrath of the United States by negotiating with France
, and Japan
to resurrect the proposed Nicaragua Canal
, which might constitute potential future foreign competition with the newly-built US-owned Panama Canal
. After supporting an insurgency against the government led by Conservative Party insurgents Emiliano Chamorro
and Juan José Estrada
with arms, funds, troops, warships, and economic measures, the United States eventually forced the popular liberal Presidents José Zelaya and then Jose Madriz
to flee the country. It then installed the conservative governments of first Juan José Estrada (soon deposed by the powerful Secretary of War Luis Mena
) and then former Vice President Adolfo Diaz
. When General Luis Mena convinced the National Assembly
to name him successor to the unpopular pro-US Adolfo Diaz, the United States invaded and occupied Nicaragua militarily from 1912 to 1933, wrote a new constitution for the country, changed the National Assembly, and propped up successive conservative regimes under the presidents Adolfo Diaz, Emiliano Chamorro, and Diego Manuel Chamorro
. Luis Mena fled into the countryside to start a rebellion, which continued under various leaders for the next 60 years. In exchange for political concessions
from Adolfo Diaz, the United States provided the military strength to suppress popular revolt and ensure the conservative regime maintained control over the Nicaraguan government. For much of the 20th century, Nicaragua remained controlled under the hereditary dictatorship
of the Chamorro and after 1936 the Somoza dynasties until widespread rebellions forced them out of power in the 1970s.:111, 197:143
The Treaty was named after the principal negotiators: William Jennings Bryan
, US Secretary of State; and the then General Emiliano Chamorro
, representing the Nicaraguan government. By the terms of the treaty, the United States acquired the rights to any canal built in Nicaragua in perpetuity, a renewable 99 year option to establish a naval base in the Gulf of Fonseca
, and a renewable 99-year lease to the Great and Little Corn Islands
in the Caribbean
. For those concessions, Nicaragua received three million dollars.
At the request of Nicaragua, the United States under Richard Nixon
and Nicaragua under Anastasio Somoza Debayle
, held a convention, on July 14, 1970, which officially abolished the treaty and all its provisions.
The provision of the Bryan–Chamorro Treaty granting rights to United States to build a naval base in the Gulf of Fonseca was contested by El Salvador
and Costa Rica
. The Central American Court of Justice
saw in the favor of the two countries.
The United States ignored the decision, contributing significantly to the court's collapse in 1918.
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