How We Got Guantanamo

The Cuban situation was confused, but the Marines were ready. They landed, and our first overseas base was soon well in hand

By May 28, 1898, the uncertainty was over. Admiral Cervera’s fleet had been run to ground in the cliff-ringed harbor of Santiago de Cuba. “There can be no doubt,” cabled Admiral William T. Sampson to the Navy Department, “of presence of Spanish squadron at Santiago.”

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