Saturday, 21 January 2017

Mexican navy despite American protests blockading harbour of Tampico, Mexico according to the Dutch newspaper Rotterdamsch nieuwsblad dated 9 June 1914

An item reported that again an incident between Mexico and the USA was to be feared. The Mexican president Huerta seemed to have ordered that the gunboats Bravo and Zaragossa lying at Puerto Mexico and the training ship Alvarado lying at Alvarado were to go towards Tampico. Their main task there was to prevent smuggling of arms from the USA for the rebels by blockading the harbour. The American commander admiral Badger however protested against this blockade which obstructed the merchant shipping. Badger even advices the masters of merchant ships at Tampico to break the blockade if necessary with force. The rebels asked the American ships to leave the scene.