US forces invade Chile without visas or documents

On August 28, 1891, US troops landed in Chile without visas or documents, to “protect” the American consulate in Valparaiso, Chile. This was the US version of events; to many Chileans, this was an invasion of their sovereign nation. A civil war was raging between the Chilean president and the Chilean military. Civilians had taken refuge at the US consulate. (Picture from the Naval Department Library)