June 23, 1929
American Forces in Nicaragua
In the month of March, 1928, this town
was occupied by a column of marines of
your command quartered since that time
in our Holy Church. Although we have not
looked with favor upon such occupation,
we have had to accept it in order to
further the pacification and peach which
we need so badly in order to live, but
the marines who occupy our church,
instead of improving it, have dedicated
themselves to its utter destruction,
tearing down the altars and columns of
concrete, which, although of no
architectural merit, are of great value
to us because of memories and legends
associated with them.
This conduct on the part of the marines,
which has cost us so much in the past,
is not in accord with our customs nor
with American culture.
We believe that you, the North
Americans, sons of a rich and powerful
country in all phases of life, would be
moved to anger to see your work being
destroyed in the manner that ours is in
For these reasons we pray that the
Commander of Marines resident in
Nicaragua will give orders to stop
prevent the consummation of the ruin of
our only work, which, although humble,
holds for us cherished memories.
Ramona Centeno (X) Telefora R. Roque (X)
Adela Iglecia (X) Visenta Cruz Telefora
de los Reyes Córdoba. Francisca García.
Agustina Cruz (X)
[illegible] who cannot sign her name:
Betruana [-----illegible] Sirila
Calderón who cannot sign her name: María
de la [-----]
Witnessed by Mrs. [-----] Calderón [---
-ita] de Jesus Valdibia who cannot sign
their names: Adelaida Jarquín. Ysabel
Witnessed by Misses Paula Gutiérrez and
Dona Encarnación Martínez who cannot
sign their names: Elena Joya.
Witnessed by Francisca Acuña. Anada
Felipe Martínes and Maritima Martínes
who cannot sign their names: Rosa
Gutiérrez de Olivas.
Witnessed by the Misses Marcelina
Córdoba, Catalina Ranches, Dorotea
Lópes, Maria de los Angeles Reyes: Marta
Manuela de Jesus Centeno. Petronila
García. Mrs. F. Ermenegil de Gonzáles.
Eucebia Matute. Bicenta Gonzáles.
Filomenia Roque. Camdida Rosa Cruz.
Marta Joya de C. Estanislada Garmendia.
Rosa Amelia Córdoba.
M29.06.23. Engl. only. RG127/206/2