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We saw what probably has not been witnessed since the days of the Armada: ships coming out for deadly battle, but dressed as for a regal parade. They bespoke luxury and chivalry, and a proud defiance. George Graham, Associated Press.


Admiral Cervera’s fleet swung westward, but could not sail beyond the firing range of the U.S. Navy. Within three hours, all Spanish ships but one were destroyed.


The Oregon commenced to gain on us, and soon after opened fire with her heavy bow guns. I decided to run ashore and lose the ship rather than sacrifice in vain the lives of all these men. Spanish Captain Jose de Paredes.

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