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This PAGE HOUSEs maps of nicaraguan cities, townS & Mining districts, most produced from the mid-1920s to the early 1930s, most by the Marines & Guardia (with the first map of Bluefields dating to 1910).  The collection includes:

•   Bluefields (1910 & CA. 1926)

•   Chinandega

•   Condega

•   Corinto Harbor

•   Estelí

•   Granada

•   Jalapa

•   Jinotega

•   la luz / siuna mining district

•   La trinidad

•   León

•   Managua

•   Masaya

•   Matagalpa

•   Ocotal

•   Nandaime

•   pis pis / Neptune mining district

•   Pueblo Nuevo

•   Puerto Cabezas (Bragmans Bluff Lumber Co., with ACCOMPANYING photo)

•   San Francisco del Carnicero

•   Santo dominto—javalÍ, chontales

•   San Rafael del Norte

•   somoto

•   Telpaneca

•    Photo:  Danlí, Honduras, 1927.  RG127, US National Archives

Bluefields  (1910)

"Compass and Board Survey of Bluefields," by the US Marine Corps, 1910, with street names and principal buildings indicated.  From the US National Archives, Record Group 127, Entry 38, Box 31.

Bluefields  (ca. 1926)

Unknown source & provenance, c. 1926; found among the David C. Brooks dissertation research materials, with no source indicated; likeliest source:  the Harold H. Utley Papers or the Merritt A. Edson Papers, Library of Congress.

Condega  (1928)

10 March 1928: "Originally drawn and traced by Pvt. F. J. Bergman by direction of 1st Lt. H. C. Roberts, U.S.M.C. for Bn-2, Hdqs. Co., 2nd Bn., 11th Regt., March 10, 1928.  Redrawn & retraced by Pvt. E. E. Williams, checked by Gy-Sgt. R. E. Quinn, Approved by 1st Lt. A. C. Larsen, 1st Lt., U.S.M.C., Intelligence Officer, 5th Regt., March 10, 1928."

Chinandega  (ca. 1931)

Author & date of production unknown; ca. 1931.

Corinto Harbor  (1931)

16 March 1931.  "Reproduced by the Intelligence Section, Division of Operations & Training, Hdquts. U.S. Marine Corps"

Estelí  (1930)

"From the Map of 1928, by Cpl. F. J. Bergmann, Prepared by the Brigade Mapping Section, Reduced & Drawn by PFC. V. Woodard, Traced by Cpl. E. Williams & Pfc. V. Woodward, Feb. 1930"

Granada  (ca. 1925)

"Mapa de Granada y Sus Alrededores, Para el Saneamienta de la ciudad, con datos tomados de mapas existentes y con datos recogidos en el campo por el Departamento de Uncinariasis" (con datos de Septiembre de 1923 hasta Junio de 1925)

Jalapa  (1929)

"Traced in Brigade Mapping Section, 30 July 1929"

Jinotega  (1928)

"Made by Intelligence Unit, Fifth Regt., U.S.M.C., Sgt. R. E. Quinn, Pvt. E. E. Williams, Pvt. W. E. Shaw, Approved by Dudley W. Brown, Captain, U.S.M.C., Completed May 1928"

La Luz / Siuna Mining District  (1929)

"Vicinity of La Luz from sketch by H. B. Alban, 1st Lt., USMC, July 1929," detail of "Skeleton Map of Northeast Nicaragua", 16 March 1930.  A separate web page houses this fascinating hybrid Skeleton Map, HERE.  For additional maps of the mining districts, see the Mining Districts Map Collection, HERE.


La Trinidad  (1928)

Map acccompanying "Report of Patrol to Trinidad," 1st Lt. B. W. Atkinson, U.S.M.C., 5 April 1928,  housed as pc-doc 28.04.05.

León  (ca. 1931)

No author or date indicated, 2nd Brigade Mapping Section, ca. 1931.

Managua  (1930)

"City of Managua, From the Map by R. Keilhauser, R. Hebard & Co., Reduced, Drawn & Traced in Mapping Section, Second Brigade, U.S.M.C., Managua, Nicaragua, 26 April 1930"

Masaya  (1928)

"Map of Masaya, Nicaragua, Traced by Pvt. W. V. Williams, 14 June 1928, Approved by A. C. Larsen, 1st Lt., U.S.M.C., R-2, 5th Regt., Reproduced by the Intelligence Section, Division of O. & T., Hdquts. U.S. Marine Corps, 4 April 1931"

Matagalpa  (1931)

"Matagalpa & Vicinity, Drawn by Sgt. R. E. Quinn, U.S.M.C., 17 March 1928.  Reduced by Pvt. J. R. Clark, U.S.M.C., 23 May 1929, Brigade Mapping Section, Corrected to Date, Reproduced by Intelligence Section, Division of O. & T., U.S.M.C., 1 April 1931"

Nandaime  (1928)

"Nandaime, Drawn by C. G. Wadbrook, 2nd Lt. U.S.M.C., 1 Sept. 1928. Traced by Pvt. E. E. Williams, Brigade Mapping Section"

Ocotal  (1928)

"Ocotal and Vicinity, by Pvt. W. G. Rice, 11th Regt. Intelligence Office, Tracing Completed April 4, 1930 by PFC L. Leslie, Brigade Mapping Section."  RG127/38/31.

Pis Pis / Neptune Mining District  (1928)

"Neptune Mine, Mineral de Pis Pis, Prepared by Donald R. Fox, Captain USMC, 14 November 1928, scale 1" = 200 yds, *Creek poisoned by Cyanide below mine."  This map is a detail of "Skeleton Map of Northeast Nicaragua", 16 March 1930.  A separate web page houses this Skeleton Map.  See also the Mining Districts Map Collection.

Pueblo Nuevo  (1928)

"Originally drawn & traced by Pvt. Fcl. Bergman by direction of 1st Lt. H. C. Robberts, U.S.M.C. for Bn-2, Hdqs. Co. 2nd Bn, 11th Regt, July 5, 1928.  Redrawn & traced by Pvt. E. E. Williams, Checked by Gy. Sgt. R. E. Quinn, Approved by A. C. Larsen, 1st Lt. U.S.M.C., Intelligence Officer, 5th Regt."

Puerto Cabezas  (1926)

Produced by Bragmans Bluff Lumber Co.  This is a fascinating and important map.  Especially notable are the spatially segregated living quarters, with the "Spanish Barracones" and "Indian Barracones" separated by a railroad track.  Only three short blocks separate the Caribbean Sea from company property, which completely dominates the town.  Here is the description of Puerto Cabezas in the Monograph of Nicaragua:   "[Puerto Cabezas] and Bluefields are the leading towns and seaports on the east coast of Nicaragua. Puerto Cabezas is almost entirely by the Standard Fruit Company. This company employs the greater part of the town’s population in its fruit exporting business. The large lumber mill located in this town and operated by the same company. . . .  It is expected that the town will shrink to a small village of no importance when the Standard Fruit Company ceases its activities here. The town was built by the Bragmans Bluff Lumber Company to house their employees.  It is of no military importance nor naval importance . . .

Puerto Cabezas  (photograph, 1928) 

Photograph of "Puerto Cabezas" taken in 1928 by Pfc. Fred Nelson.  This is probably the row of houses built for the white managerial staff, adjacent to the "ramp" and "sawmill" running northeast out of town on the map above.  From a photo album purchased on eBay, collection of Michael J. Schroeder.

San Francisco del Carnicero  (1929)

"Made by Brigade Mapping Section, March 26, 1929.  Method: Pacing & Intersection.  Data obtained by Pvts. E. Williams & T. Tischer, Drawn & Traced by Pvt. E. E. Williams"

Santo Domingo — Javalí, Chontales  (ca. 1930)

"Position Sketch Santo Domingo - Javali Chontales - Nic, by 2nd Lt. L. S. Hamel, U.S.M.C."  RG127/38/31.

San Rafael del Norte  (ca. 1928)

No date or author indicated, notation "R.D. 432-0", ca. April 1928.  The key to the numerical symbols has not been found, but really ought to be.  With the key this map would offer an unprecedented look at who lived where & who owned what properties in the town that occupies such a special place in the history of the Sandino rebellion.

Somoto  (Nov. 1932)

Record Group 127, Entry 38, Box 31.

Telpaneca  (1927)

Map accompanying the report of the "Telpaneca Attack" of 19 September 1927, with statements of participants & eyewitnesses, Capt. R. W. Peard, 22 September 1927.  See PC-DOC 27.09.22.



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