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Tango0117 Aug 2018 9:17 p.m. PST

"The Spanish-American war began on April 21, 1898. The formal declaration of war preceded what would be the first overseas war fought by the Americans, including campaigns in Cuba and the Philippines.

Among the two most prominent reasons for the war were the ongoing Cuban and Filipino struggle against Spanish rule, and the explosion of the battleship U.S.S. Maine, killing 268 men. The explosion was thought to be the result of Spanish sabotage, but this was later found to be a dubious claim.

Even so, eleven days after the formal declaration the U.S. Navy, led by Commodore George Dewey, swiftly struck out and defeated the Spanish Pacific fleet in Manila Bay. Then, misinformed of Dewey's success, President McKinley ordered a campaign against Manila…."
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JimSelzer18 Aug 2018 2:48 a.m. PST

we lost that war as a nation in the long run

it has cost this country much,
it got us involved in WW2 because of the Philippines
it got us over involved in the cold war because of Cuba
it still hurts us economically because of Puerto Rico

its all William Randolph Hearst's fault

23rdFusilier18 Aug 2018 6:58 a.m. PST

Jim, excellent points.

CorroPredo18 Aug 2018 10:03 a.m. PST

Um, Yeah
We got into WW@ because of Pearl Harbor, and FDR would have gotten us into somehow, anyway.
We were in the Cold War long before Cuna went Commie.
But I guess you can spin anything….

Rudysnelson18 Aug 2018 2:36 p.m. PST

Was it a colony, yes. Was it the first, no.
All expansion areas in North America were colonies. Examples such as Alaska predated the 1890s.

Cacique Caribe18 Aug 2018 9:28 p.m. PST


Hindsight is always fun … and safe.


Katzbalger19 Aug 2018 4:12 a.m. PST

…and in this case, WRONG. Except for the Puerto Rico thing. That's definitely a thing. And for being Hearst's fault.


JimSelzer21 Aug 2018 1:58 p.m. PST

hey 1 for 3 would make me a well paid baseball player

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