Nicaragua: Challenge to a Birthright

In conquest, politics and business, Nicaragua for centuries has attracted the cheekiest and boldest of adventurers. Few have been cheekier, few bolder than the Somoza family, which for 31 years has, in one way or another, ruled Nicaragua. Last week, on the eve of an election that promised to install as President a third Somoza, chubby ex-General Anastasio ("Tachito") Somoza Jr., 41, the opposition tried its best to trigger a coup d'etat. The result was riot and death for Nicaraguans and a narrow escape for a handful of foreigners.

Exhausting the Bar....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!