THE CARIBBEAN: Disputed Territory

Leaders of the Honduran University Students' Federation rallied for a flag-planting voyage into the Caribbean last week. The Tegucigalpa daily, El Cronista, talked darkly of conflict with "American adventurers." At issue were the Swan Islands—three specks of sand and coconut palm 100 miles off the Honduran coast, which constitute the U.S.'s only currently disputed territorial claim. Cause of the new controversy: the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey last month reminded everyone of the U.S. claims by dispatching Captain E. L. Jones aboard the survey ship Explorer to take a thorough census of the islands. The head count, down four...

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