|US Battleships steam south|
Photo: US Naval Historical Center via www.wikipedia.org
At the time U S President Woodrow Wilson had refused to recognize the Mexican President as legal holder of that office - times were already strained. The prisoner/sailors were released but the Governor and President of Mexico refused to return the salute the Dolphin had given when entering the harbor and a near all out war ensued. Battleships steamed south, the Marines were readied along with groups of Navy landing forces.
Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampico_Affair and find out tomorrow what got me interested in this story.