In 1898

1898: The battle of Santiago de Cuba takes place on July 3, the largest engagement during the Spanish-American War, resulting in the destruction of the Spanish Caribbean Squadron. The Spaniards stop the advancing forces at Fort Canosa, barring entry into Santiago de Cuba.

In 1898

1898: The American forces reach Daiquiri and Siboney between June 22 and 24. These cities are east of Santiago de Cuba, and here they establish a base. The port of Santiago becomes the main target of naval operations. The U.S. fleet attacking Santiago needs shelter from the summer hurricane season. …

In 1898

1898: The Americans decide to invade the area of Oriente where the Cubans have almost complete control and are able to cooperate. The Cubans assist the invading Americans by establishing a beachhead and protecting the U.S. landing at Daiquiri.

Freedom from Spain has an Ironic Twist

On January 1st, 1899, during official ceremonies in Havana signaling the end of four hundred years of Spanish rule, Cubans looked on as outsiders as the island passed from Spain to the United States. Cubans were denied an official role in the proceedings. The Cuban Constitutional Convention was advised that …

Clara Barton Plays a Heroic Role in the War

The guns successfully subdued the Spanish fire from a practically impregnable position in a period of eight-and-one-half minutes. The fire from the three Gatlings meant six thousand rounds per gun, fired on the Spaniards, the first time the U.S. Army used close-support machine guns in an attack against an enemy …

Antonia Begs Our Lady for a Boy

The shrine to Our Lady of Charity sat housed in a basilica in the church that sat on top of a hill. With greenery on every side, it appeared transparent, as if at any moment it could merge with the ocean, beautifully resplendent and serene. The shrine, situated at four …