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Page 160. " Claud, who had served in the Anglo-Nicaraguan wars of '46 "
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Stella Gibbons may have come up with the Anglo-Nicaraguan wars because Nicaragua (the largest nation in Central America) was going through a turbulent phase in its political  history at the time Cold Comfort Farm was written: the country had been under American occupation since 1912, and would gain its independence in 1933.