Corinto, Nicaragua

Corinto, Nicaragua
—  Municipality  —
Corinto is located in Nicaragua
Location in Nicaragua
Coordinates: 12°29′N 87°11′W / 12.483°N 87.183°W / 12.483; -87.183Coordinates: 12°29′N 87°11′W / 12.483°N 87.183°W / 12.483; -87.183
Country  Nicaragua
Department Chinandega Department
Population (2005)
 – Metro 17,000

Corinto is a town of 17,000 (1995 population) on the northwest Pacific coast of Nicaragua in the province of Chinandega. The municipality was founded in 1863 and was named in honour of the Greek city of Corinth.



It was a railroad terminus and Nicaragua's largest Pacific port. It has its own Container terminal and is able to manage a wide variety of cargo: liquid, bulk, containers, cars, etc.

United States Intervention

On May 2, 1896 U.S. Marines land in Corinto to protect U.S. interests during political unrest.[1] [2]

On January 25, 1922 the USS Galveston landed a detachment of U.S. Marines at Corinto, to reinforce the Managua legation guard during a period of political tension.

While supporting the Contras against the Socialist Sandinista government in the 1980s, U.S. Forces mined the Port of Corinto. On October 10, 1983, an attack destroyed 3.2 million US gallons (12,000 m3) of fuel. It is believed that this attack was directed by the CIA and carried out by U.S. Navy Seals.[3] [4] [5] [6]


  1. ^ "Invasions in the "Neighborhood", Revolutionary Worker #1059, June 18, 2000". Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  2. ^ "A CENTURY OF U.S. MILITARY INTERVENTIONS: From Wounded Knee to Iraq, Compiled by Zoltan Grossman". Retrieved 2007-01-04. 
  4. ^ "The New York Times, OCT. 10 ASSAULT ON NICARAGUANS IS LAID TO C.I.A.". April 18, 1984. Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  5. ^ "NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 11, 1983". Retrieved 2006-11-10. 
  6. ^ "Photograph showing the burning oil tanks, Un comando de la CIA y fuerzas especiales SEAL bombardean refineria en Corinto, Nicaragua, 1983.". 


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