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Tango0106 Oct 2017 3:23 p.m. PST

… Charleston Fired Salute Shots & Asked For Gunpowder To Return the Gesture,

"Manning a remote island fort, seemingly without any imminent danger on the horizon, must have made for a fairly comfortable post. That was the situation on Guam until June of 1898, during the outbreak of the Spanish and American war.

Guam had been held by Spain since the 1660s. Spain had communicated with officials on the island on April 14 1898, but war was yet to be declared. When it was, authorities forgot to communicate the news to their forces on Guam.

The United States was quick to take action and decided that seizing several Pacific islands would give it leverage in years to come. Guam, in particular, would be a great coal replenishing pit-stop for U.S. naval ships…"
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Chuckaroobob10 Oct 2017 10:50 a.m. PST

Neat story!

Tango0114 Oct 2017 9:21 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


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