In 1863 Nicaragua had still to solve the problem of uniting her Atlantic with her Pacific territories. The seizure of the presidency by United States filibustero (freebooter) William Walker in 1855 was a jolt to local patriotism, whose aims were better served by the choice of Managua as capital in 1858. At this period the population was about 400,000. Coffee had been introduced in 1846 and was sold mainly to France and Germany; bananas to New Orleans.
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