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PC28.02.18   geyer

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28.02.18.   Geyer, Patrol Report No. 4, Amort's Plant, Jinotega

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FIRST MOUNTED BATTALION
AMORT, NICARAGUA
18 FEBRUARY 1928

 PATROL REPORT NO. 4:
 
MAP: Willy.
 
Patrol number 4 consisting of Lieutenant Humphries and 24 men, Captain Geyer in command, on mission to capture or exterminate, reported Sandino's outpost at El Valle de Las Escaleras. Moved at night on foot. Total distance covered nine miles. Weather overcast, visibility zero, trails bad.
 
Patrol surrounded houses at 0500. Found only indian occupants, no signs of bandits. Then thoroughly reconnoitered the village. Escaleras is an Indian pueblo, all people laborers. No signs of bandits or their activities. Natives were friendly but shy.

/s/ P. C. GEYER
Captain, U.S.M.C.

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Summary & Notes:

   The first of many combat patrols in the coffee district east of Jinotega; Marines-Guardia fanning out across the country's rural districts "to capture or exterminate" the rebels, in an early version of what, decades later in Vietnam, were dubbed "search and destroy" missions.
   "Amort's Plant" a coffee plantation east of Jinotega, north of Matagalpa.

   Report offers a glimpse into a broader theme:  that many Indian communities in Jinotega-Matagalpa highlands are still viable, coexisting with a rapidly developing coffee economy dominated by wealthy Nicaraguans and European and Asian immigrants (British, German, Italian, US, Chinese, others).

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