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Posted May 08, 2007 by publisher in Cuban History

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The Spanish-American War: First Intervention

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On the night of February 12, 1898, 266 American lives were lost when the battleship Maine was ripped in half by an explosion in Havana Harbor. War with Spain followed. For the first time a war was covered by members of the media creating an unprecedented impact at home. A fascinating cast of characters emerge including Stephen Crane, Frederick Remington, Admiral George Dewey and Clara Barton. Doctor Walter Reed fought against the outbreak of tropical diseases in Cuba and in the process discovered the cure for malaria. Theodore Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, felt America had grown soft and vulnerable and was the central figure in all of motives surrounding the war.

Rating: TVPG V-L

Running Time: 180 minutes

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  1. Follow up post #1 added on May 09, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    Odd how the explosion of the Maine resulted in the Spanish American War, and thus, the acquisition of the Phillipines and Puerto Rico, etc….. in much the same way that 911 led to the war in Iraq and the acquisition of new oil fields and military bases in the Middle East.  And with both the explosion of the Maine and 911, there are still many questions left unanswered.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on May 09, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Sorry but not much of a conspiracy theorist here.

    And, trying to compare the Maine and 9/11 is like apples and oranges but this thread is NOT about 9/11.

    On 9/11 the US was attacked on US soil. The USS Maine sunk in Havana, cause may be unknown but I don’t think Roosevelt had it sunk.

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on May 09, 2007 by MiamiCuban

    Publisher: I’m not a conspiracy theorist either, but I don’t accept as 100% accurate what the media decides to dish out.  I may not be able to draw any concrete conclusions, but I certainly don’t rule out the possibility that I haven’t been told the truth.  It’s important to keep an open mind.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on May 18, 2007 by A.M. de Quesada

    It was great working on the set and with the Director during the filming of The Spanish-American War: First Intervention. I had the priviliedge of working as a historical consultant and “actor” (Spanish General Jose Toral) while there. I was in charge of providing authenticity to the Cuban and Spanish troops (uniforms, weapons, etc.), as well, providing historical context and opinions to the Director during filming. It is one of the few documentary films on the subject that actually took time in mentioning the Cuban Mambises and their fight for Cuban independence from Spain - as well as the Filipino’s war for independence.  Again it was really a pleasure and a fantastic experience.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on May 18, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Great show, well done.

    The mambises don’t seem to get mentioned too often. Do you know how many there were? Were they organized? Did they have a big effect on the war?

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  6. Follow up post #6 added on May 20, 2007 by A. M. de Quesada

    El Ejercito Libertador de Cuba or Mambises began their fight in 1895. The initial strength and organization is believed to be three army corps, eight divisions, twenty brigades and forty regiments of 500 men each. The mambises were very effective in that by 1898 most of the countryside were in their hands while the Spanish held the larger towns and cities. The Cubans secured the landing sites for the U.S. Army and served as valuable intelliegence for the Americans. It was a shame that Generals Shafter and Toral kept General Garcia and his troops from participating in the surrender of Santiago. But this is a subject too advance to talk in such a limited time. There is a book printed in the early 1900s listing participients eligible for a pension, however, the thousands of names mentioned are from all three wars for Cuban Independence.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on May 20, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    Thank you for sharing that information with us.

    Feel free to write as much as you like about the Mambises and the Spanish American War.

    You can post here or go to the Add Your Own Entry in the top right column and you can post an article in this Cuban History category if you like. You have to be a member to post which is easy and free.

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