Harbor of Santiago, Cuba, from the Spanish Block House

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On the southeastern coast of Cuba, 470 miles from Havana, is Santiago, the second city in size and in importance on the island of Cuba. It has a population of over 60,000. It is a picturesque, old-fashioned place, with its square, red-roofed houses surrounded by wide verandas. There are flowers everywhere, bright flowers of the tropics. Its streets are narrow, but many of them are well-paved, and all are kept clean. It has many iron foundries, machine shops, and tobacco factories. In the background you have a view of its excellent harbor, one of the best in the West Indies. This harbor is almost landlocked. Along the coast there is a range of mountains through which there breaks a narrow inlet. This inlet has a deep channel less than 200 feet wide, leading into a bay 6 miles long. The bay forms a harbor which is thoroughly protected from storms. It was about Santiago that the chief interest of the Spanish-American war was centered. In its harbor the Spanish squadron found refuge. About the city the Spanish troops were gathered in forts and behind barbed-wire fortifications. The American troops drove the Spanish backward towards the city in a series of battles in June, 1898. Outside the entrance of the harbor lay the American fleet, under the command of Admirals Schely (sl) and Sampson. To bottle up the fleet entirely in the harbor, Lieutenant Hobson attempted to sink the Merrimac directly in the narrow channel. The project was not successful. On July 3 the Spanish admiral, Cervera (thr-v´ rä), made a dash for the open sea. In a running fight with the best vessels of the American navy, the Spanish fleet was destroyed. Keystone ID: 10237 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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