Unformatted text preview: months, believing delay futile, he recommended armed intervention. The war with Spain was swift and decisive. During the four months it lasted, not a single American reverse of any importance occurred. A week after the declaration of war, Commodore George Dewey, commander of the six-warship Asiatic Squadron then at Hong Kong, steamed to the Philippines. Catching the entire Spanish fleet at anchor in Manila Bay, he destroyed it without losing an American life. Meanwhile, in Cuba, troops landed near Santiago, where, after winning a rapid series of engagements, they fired on the port. Four armored Spanish cruisers steamed out of Santiago Bay to engage the American navy and were reduced to ruined hulks....
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- Fall '10
- Commodore George Dewey, U.S. warship Maine, accidental internal explosion, sixwarship Asiatic Squadron, armored Spanish cruisers, entire Spanish fleet