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Boca del Toro Expedition Columbia 08 Mar 1895 09 Mar 1895

In the early part of 1895, unrest and revolutionary tendencies manifested themselves on the Isthmus of Panama. Due to this almost continuous state of insurrectionary disturbances, the United States kept men- of-war vessels in the adjacent waters, and within easy sailing distance of the Isthmus should their services be required for the protection of American interests.

On March 7th, Captain Bartlett J. Cromwell, aboard the cruiser Atlanta, anchored in the harbor of Bocae del Toro, for the purpose of observing conditions, as fighting was in progress between government troops and some insurgent forces.

The following morning Captain Cromwell received a re quest to furnish an armed landing force for the protection of American lives and property. He granted this request, - and selected a "Sergeant's Guard of Marines," together with a company of Bluejackets and a Gatling gun, under the command of Commander Edward D. Taussig, and despatched them ashore with instructions to protect the lives and property of foreigners. This uprising soon quieted, and the landing force was withdrawn the following day, the 9th, but the Atlanta remained in the vicinity for more than a month before leaving for other waters.

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