1979: The Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua

The revolt lead by the Nicaraguan Sandinista rebel forces succeeded in toppling the US supported military dictator Anatasio Debayle Somoza.

General Augusto César Sandino entrevistado por periodistas en México. 1930.

The idealism of early Sandinista rule grinds down under a relentless counterrevolutionary war financed and directed by the United States.   In 1990 the political party named for guerrilla leader Augusto César Sandino, was the first revolutionary government in Latin American history to cede power through democratic elections.   For their ten years of rule, the Sandinistas were a symbol of hope for other Latin American peasant insurgencies fighting to break the grinding poverty imposed by an outmoded land tenure system favoring oligarchic elites.