Commemoration sought for the Battle of Coto 95 years ago

This year marks the 95 anniversary of the  Batalla de Coto, a military engagement that pitted the Costa Rican army against police and volunteers from Panamá.

The bulk of the activity was in the  canton of Corredores and also on the Caribbean coast communities of Sixaola and Bocas de Toro.

Panamá claimed that Costa Rica had invaded its territory, and it took until 1942 when a border treaty was signed.

Olivier Jiménez Rojas brought up the battle when he spoke in the legislature Monday. The lawmaker urged the government to take steps to recognize the battle and the 32 Costa Ricans who

died in the confrontations on both coasts.

The southern towns of Puerto Jiménez, Uvita and  Pueblo Nuevo as well and the Canton  of Osa figured in the border scuffle. Costa Rica had an advantage because Panamá did not have an army.

Military engagements are at best confusing, and a summary of the Coto engagements show that they were more confusing than normal with troops blundering into ambushes and hardly any commander having sufficient intelligence over enemy activities to construct a battle plan. Troop appeared to be untrained, and there was a shortage of weapons.

A summary of the campaign in Spanish and machine-translated English is HERE!

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