American's Strategy Against the Spanish

1558 Words Jan 29th, 2018 6 Pages
It had commenced the destruction of many warships utilized by the Union and had also stopped the production of new ships. Naval powers in Europe had far surpassed the United States Navy as new and advanced technologies were being put to use. The nation’s lack of overseas coaling stations kept the United States attached to the use of sail power. This was not efficient in order to protect American interests overseas. The image of the United States was projected through its lack of an effective Navy. The public was so engulfed with other intercontinental issues, such as western expansion, that the Navy was not an important asset. The U.S. finally came to its senses in 1890’s when the first battleships, including the U.S.S. Maine, was commissioned with steam power and a steel hull. As the Navy began to redevelop, tensions between the Spanish and United States also began to develop. In 1873 Spanish authorities in Cuba executed 53 men who had been smuggling guns to Cuban revolutionaries in the steamer Virginius. Many of those executed were American citizens including the Captain of the Virginius Joseph Fry, a Naval Academy graduate. The weak assembly of a Navy to intimidate the Spanish frustrated those who advocated for a stronger Navy. America had sided with Cuba in its effort to fight for independence from Spain. America had begun to portray the Spanish as ruthless people holding Cuba’s independence…
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