An encampment of U. S. soldiers bound for Cuba (1898).

SPANISH – AMERICAN WAR

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You may recall that about 500 years ago Spain was a world power. Perhaps a superpower in its time. But even 120 years ago they were a force to be reckoned with as the United States began to emerge economically and militarily on the world scene.

A recent addition to our Military collection is “Spanish – American War“; U. S. c.1898. Our assessment on this photo shows a visiting day at an encampment of U. S. soldiers bound for Cuba in May 1898 possibly in Florida. From the soldiers’ uniforms it does not appear that these are Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. But in those days war was seen as a glorious undertaking. The reality of the Great War was still almost a generation into the future, and the American Civil War was ancient history for these soldiers.