April 25, 2006

Remember the Maine?

On April 25,1898--

the United States formally declared war against Spain. The Monroe Doctrine, which since 1823 had viewed any European intervention in the Americas as a threat to U.S. security, coupled with the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine in Havana harbor precipitated U.S. engagement. Coverage by both the Hearst newspapers and the nascent film industry solidified public support for involvement in Cuba's struggle for independence.

Within months Spain's overseas empire, which had begun with Columbus' voyages of discovery and been long in the unraveling, finally collapsed under the U.S.'s two-pronged war strategy. Commodore George Dewey sailed to the Pacific the day war was declared and on May 1st defeated the Spanish fleet in the Philippines. In Cuba and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Marines and other troops, including Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, helped defeat Spanish forces in the Americas. [...]

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 25, 2006 11:54 AM

Summaries of the two naval battles:



Lesson learned? Don't let corruption eat up your naval budget when there are uppity countries like the USA around.

Posted by: Steevil (Dr Weevil's bro Steve) at April 25, 2006 12:45 PM

Well put.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 25, 2006 01:18 PM