History UsefulNotes / SpanishAmericanWar

30th Jul '17 6:36:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* John Milius's ''Series/TheRoughRiders'', a 1997 miniseries depicting the Cuban campaign. Starring Tom Berenger as Roosevelt, Gary Busey as General Joseph Wheeler and Sam Elliot as Captain Bucky O'Neill.

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* John Milius's ''Series/TheRoughRiders'', a 1997 miniseries depicting the Cuban campaign. Starring Tom Berenger Creator/TomBerenger as Roosevelt, Gary Busey Creator/GaryBusey as General Joseph Wheeler and Sam Elliot Creator/SamElliot as Captain Bucky O'Neill.
12th Jul '17 2:09:43 AM mirisu92
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* Humorist George Ade wrote two satirical dialogues, "Children Cannot Understand These Things" and "Two Rebellions," condescendingly explaining the benevolent purpose of the American occupation of the Philippines to a little boy and a Filipino native, respectively. Ade's musical ''The Sultan of Sulu'' is a thinly-veiled portrayal of the same.

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* Humorist George Ade wrote two satirical dialogues, "Children Cannot Understand These Things" and "Two Rebellions," condescendingly explaining the benevolent purpose of the American occupation of the Philippines to a little boy and a Filipino native, respectively. Ade's musical ''The Sultan of Sulu'' ''Theatre/TheSultanOfSulu'' is a thinly-veiled portrayal of the same.
10th Jul '17 3:07:38 AM mirisu92
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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: The Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico were annexed as commonwealths. While the Americans voluntarily and peacefully granted the Philippines "independence" in 1946, Puerto Rico and Guam remain US territories. Recent polls have shown that they prefer to keep it that way. (Meanwhile there are Filipinos so enamoured with the US colonial experience that many of them actually wish they were ''back under American rule'', if not outright annexed as the 51st state (plus perhaps a few more states, given the relatively huge Filipino population).

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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: The Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico were annexed as commonwealths. While the Americans voluntarily and peacefully granted the Philippines "independence" in 1946, Puerto Rico and Guam remain US territories. Recent polls have shown that they prefer to keep it that way. (Meanwhile way.
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there are Filipinos so enamoured with the US colonial experience that many of them actually wish they were ''back under American rule'', if not outright annexed as the 51st state (plus perhaps a few more states, given the relatively huge Filipino population).
10th Jul '17 3:06:17 AM mirisu92
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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: The Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico were annexed as commonwealths. While the Americans voluntarily and peacefully granted the Philippines independence in 1946, Puerto Rico and Guam remain US territories. Recent polls have shown that they prefer to keep it that way.

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* ExpandedStatesOfAmerica: The Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico were annexed as commonwealths. While the Americans voluntarily and peacefully granted the Philippines independence "independence" in 1946, Puerto Rico and Guam remain US territories. Recent polls have shown that they prefer to keep it that way. (Meanwhile there are Filipinos so enamoured with the US colonial experience that many of them actually wish they were ''back under American rule'', if not outright annexed as the 51st state (plus perhaps a few more states, given the relatively huge Filipino population).
25th May '17 6:14:43 AM BabyM
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* ATeamFiring: American gunnery at the Battle of Manila Bay was embarrassingly horrible. It's estimated that of some 4000-6000 rounds of ammunition fired by Dewey's fleet, only about 2%-3%, or 80-141 rounds, actually hit the enemy. A (mostly) stationary enemy. And still the Spanish lost. To the American fleet's credit when the Spanish flagship ''Reina Christina'' attempted to ram Commodore's Dewey's own flagship ''Olympia'', it was shot to pieces.

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* ATeamFiring: American gunnery at the Battle of Manila Bay was embarrassingly horrible. It's estimated that of some 4000-6000 rounds of ammunition fired by Dewey's fleet, only about 2%-3%, or 80-141 rounds, actually hit the enemy. A (mostly) stationary enemy. And still the Spanish lost.lost--their gunnery was even ''worse,'' and many shells failed to explode even if they hit something. To the American fleet's credit when the Spanish flagship ''Reina Christina'' attempted to ram Commodore's Dewey's own flagship ''Olympia'', it was shot to pieces.
25th May '17 6:12:38 AM BabyM
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While Spain's giving up Cuba was the original ''casus belli'', the US ended up demanding the same deal for all of Spain's overseas colonies. The people of Puerto Rico also took the opportunity to demand independence, for instance, as did the peoples of the Philippines - who were already in open revolt and had established a provisional government which the US negotiated with. US naval power was employed to great effect, though the performance of the army was a little lacklustre - the US Army were inexperienced and ill-organised, and lost a great many officers due to Spanish snipers using 'smokeless'-powder weaponry (the US Army still used 'black-powder' weapons, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which gave off dark clouds of gunpowder when fired]]). American and Cuban Revolutionary forces soon worked together to make good use of their numerical superiority over the Spanish loyalist and government forces, however. The infamous Charge at San Juan Hill (in which future US President UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt first attained national fame) and the Battle of Manila Bay, a CurbStompBattle if ever there was one, are good illustrations of the course of the war at large.

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While Spain's giving up Cuba was the original ''casus belli'', the US ended up demanding the same deal for all of Spain's overseas colonies. The people of Puerto Rico also took the opportunity to demand independence, for instance, as did the peoples of the Philippines - who were already in open revolt and had established a provisional government which the US negotiated with. US naval power was employed to great effect, though the performance of the army was a little lacklustre - the US Army were inexperienced was hampered by inexperience, hasty training, and ill-organised, and lost a great many officers due to inferior equipment - the Spanish snipers using 'smokeless'-powder weaponry (the troops carried Mauser repeating rifles employing modern ("smokeless") powder, while National Guard and volunteer units in the US Army still used single-shot 'black-powder' weapons, rifles, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin which gave off dark clouds of gunpowder when fired]]). fired]], and the US artillery was equipped with Civil war cannon converted to breechloaders. American and Cuban Revolutionary forces soon worked together to make good use of their numerical superiority over the Spanish loyalist and government forces, however. The infamous Charge at San Juan Hill (in which future US President UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt first attained national fame) and the Battle of Manila Bay, a CurbStompBattle if ever there was one, are good illustrations of the course of the war at large.



* CustomUniform: The Rough Riders' uniform. Because of shortages of uniforms, the men in this regiment had to do with blue wool uniforms, impractical in the tropical weather of Cuba. It was combined with a campaign hat and a scarf.

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* CustomUniform: The Rough Riders' uniform. Because of shortages of uniforms, the men in this regiment had to do with blue wool uniforms, impractical in the tropical weather of Cuba. It was combined with a campaign hat and a scarf. Theodore Roosevelt managed to somehow get them issued modern Krag repeating carbines; other volunteer units carried single-shot black powder "Trap Door" Springfields.



** This war was the last one in which the US Army (or some of it) fought in blue uniforms, and many regiments still carried black-powder weapons much like those used in the (just barely over) Indian Wars. UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt's Rough Rider regiment included many actual cowboys, as well.

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** This war was the last one in which the US Army (or some of it) fought in blue uniforms, and many National Guard regiments still carried black-powder weapons much like those used in the (just barely over) Indian Wars. UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt's Rough Rider regiment included many actual cowboys, as well.
20th Sep '16 9:32:25 AM Kalmbach
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* OldShame: The USA's behavior in the Philippines was, in hindsight, pretty terrible, which might be why it's almost never brought up nowadays.
20th Sep '16 9:28:44 AM Kalmbach
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* SmallReferencePools: When it's lucky enough to be remembered at all, the Spanish-American War consists entirely of Teddy Roosevelt being a Rough Rider and (optional) Hearst's crazy yellow journalism.

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* SmallReferencePools: When it's lucky enough to be remembered at all, the Spanish-American War consists entirely of Teddy Roosevelt being a Rough Rider Rider, "Remember the Maine", and (optional) Hearst's crazy yellow journalism.



** The US Army also had veterans of the US Civil War (which had ended about 33 years previously). Both William Shafter and Nelson Miles, who commanded the Cuban and Puerto Rican expeditions respectively, had served in the Union Army. Shafter's cavalry commander was Major General Joseph Wheeler, a former ''Confederate General'' and, at the time of the Spanish-American War, a member of the US Congress. He is reported to have said, while leading US troops, "Let's go, boys! We've got the damn Yankees on the run again!"
* WakeUpCallBoss: Even though the war was a quick American victory, the poor performance of the army in certain battles caused the government to sink more money into modernizing them.

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** The US Army also had veterans of the US Civil War (which had ended about 33 years previously). Both William Shafter and Nelson Miles, who commanded the Cuban and Puerto Rican expeditions respectively, had served in the Union Army. Shafter's cavalry commander was Major General Joseph Wheeler, a former ''Confederate General'' ''Confederate'' General and, at the time of the Spanish-American War, a member of the US Congress. He is reported to have said, while leading US troops, "Let's go, boys! We've got the damn Yankees on the run again!"
* WakeUpCallBoss: Even though the war was a quick American victory, the poor performance of the army in certain battles caused the government to sink more money into modernizing them. Similarly, the terrible accuracy of the Navy at Manila Bay demonstrated the need for more gunnery training and better systems of fire control and coordination of ships.
20th Sep '16 8:48:44 AM Kalmbach
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* TheCaptain: Commodore Dewey quickly became the archetype of a naval hero for the US.
* ColonelBadass: Colonel TheodoreRoosevelt, United States Army.
4th Sep '16 5:52:38 PM mirisu92
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** Not to mention the Philippine sequel to that war—as in, "The Philippine-American ''what''?!"
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