Theodore Roosevelt and other people in the Navy Department understood that although the cause of war was the situation in Cuba, the war would be against Spain. And anything Spain could bring to bear in that war would be something that American forces should attack. The Spanish fleet was located in the Philippines. The Philippines had harbors that were worthwhile, the Philippines commanded the water routes between China and Southeast Asia. So to the few people, the Philippines meant something.
TITLE CARD: “The Belle of Manila”