Acknowledgments
This book is the result of collective efforts. I am indebted to many peo
inDiriomo,especiallyEnriqueRodríguez,MargaritaCano,LeticiaSala
TeófiloCano,AngelaRodríguez,GloriaTifer,andthelateCarmenRam
fortheirfriendship,support,andhospitality.IthankDiriomo’smayors
municipal council not only for permission to use the town archive, but
invitingmetoworkinthealreadycrowdedmunicipaloffices.Theydem
strated a degree of trust rare for politicians.
IamverygratefultocolleaguesattheInstitutodeHistoriadeNicara
yCentroAmérica(ihnca),inparticularitsdirector,MargaritaVannini,
FrancesKinloch,whowereexceedinglygenerouswiththeirtime,expert
and research facilities. Alfredo González V., formerdirectorof the Arch
NacionaldeNicaragua,firsttoldmeaboutDiriomo’sforgottenarchive
providedinvaluablesupportovertheyears,asdidAlvaroArgüelloofthe
stitutoHistóricoCentroamericanoandthestaffoftheArchivoMunicipa
Granada.ManyfriendsandcolleaguesinNicaraguahelpedmeinimport
ways,especiallyIvaníaNúñez,AlejandroGutierrez,MalenadeMontis,
uardo Baumeister, Oscar René Vargas, Germán Romero, Judy Butler,
Jimmy Avilés, who early on encouraged my investigation into the hid
historyof Granada’s coffee barons, including his own ancestors.
IparticularlyappreciateSteveTopik’senthusiasmformyresearch;he
DougYarringtonreadtheentire manuscriptandprovidedexcellentsug
tions. Iván Molina did likewise, and the book benefited immensely fr
his understanding and passion for Central American history. Many ot
Costa Rican historians, especially Eugenia Rodríguez, Mario Samper,
tricia Alvarenga, Margarita Torres, and Héctor Pérez Brignoli, generou
shared their knowledge and research materials. I thank North Ameri
scholarsRobertWilliams,DavidMcCreery,JulieCharlip,JustinWolfe,V
toriaGonzález,JeffreyGould,LowellGudmundson,MargaretCrahan,
the late great Brad Burns for their insights, generosity, and friendship.
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