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Spanish-American War
(1898 - 1898)

18989 February - The New York Journal publishes Spanish Minister Enrique Dupuy de Lóme's letter criticizing President McKinley
189816 February - Battleship U.S.S. Maine Explodes; Spain recalls de Lóme
189825 February - Roosevelt orders Commodore Dewey to prepare for war in the Philippines
18986 March - Spain requests (unofficially) that Consul-General Lee be recalled
189817 March - Senator Proctor, influencing Congress and U.S. business community to push for war with Spain
189829 March - McKinley sends note to Spain demanding an end to war in Cuba
189831 March - Spain turns down demands for Cuban independence
18987 April - Ambassadors of England, Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Russia appeal to McKinley for peace
18989 April - Spain orders General Blanco to declare armistice in Cuba
189811 April - MicKinley asks Congress for authorisation to use force to intervene in Cuba
189816 April - Teller Amendment passes in U.S. Congress, stating that the U.S. will not annex Cuba.
189819 April - Congress adopts a resolution recognising Cuba's independence and approving the use of troops against Spain
189821 April - Spain breaks off diplomatic relations with the US; Spanish forces in Santiago de Cuba mine Guantánamo Bay
189822 April - Blockade of Cuba commences by US Navy; first Spanish ship taken
189823 April - Spain declares war
189825 April - Congress declares war retroactive to 22 April
189827 April - Commodore Dewey's squadron leaves Mirs Bay, China for the Philippines
189829 April - Calixto Garcia takes Bayamo, abandoned by the Spanish, as headquarters
189830 April - Admiral Cervera's Spanish squadron leaves the Cape Verde Islands for the Caribbean; The Spanish Governor General Blanco orders hostilities resumed with the Cuban insurrectionists
18981 May - Commodore Dewey's victory in Manila Bay
18984 May - A joint resolution is introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives, with the support of President William McKinley, calling for the annexation of Hawaii
189811 May - The Winslow attacks Cardenas, resulting in the death of the only U.S. naval officer to die in the war; Cervera's squadron appears off Martinique
189812 May - Admiral Sampson bombards San Juan, Puerto Rico
189813 May - Commodore Schley's "Flying Squadron" leaves Hampton Roads for the vicinity of Cuba
189815 May - Theodore Roosevelt resigns as Ass. Sec. of the Navy, begins training with Rough Riders
189817 May - Cervera's squadron arrives in Santiago, Cuba
189818 May - Prime Minister Sagasta forms the new Spanish cabinet; McKinley orders occupation of the Philippine Islands
189824 May - Emilio Aguinaldo establishes himself as dictator, replacing the revolutionary government
189825 May - First U.S. troops are sent from San Francisco to the Philippine Islands.
189829 May - US Navy blockades Spanish fleet in Santiago harbor
189831 May - Schley and the blockading squadron skirmish with Cristobal Colon and the forts at Santiago
18983 June - Hobson sinks the Merrimac at the entrance to Santiago harbour
189810 June - US Marines land at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba
189812 June - Philippines proclaim independence
189815 June - Spanish squadron leaves Spain for the Philippines
1898June 20 - Lieutenant General Calixto García and Admiral Sampson and General Shafter meet in EL Asseradero to coordinate US landings; Cruiser Charleston captures Island of Guam
189822 June - Cuban forces under Gonzalez Clavel take Daiquiri, U.S forces under General Lawton begin to land; US ships accidentally shell Cuban forces on shore
189824 June - Battle of Las Guasimas
18981 July - Battle of El Caney;victory in San Juan Heights
18983 July - Battle of Santiago
18984 July - The "Harvard Incident" : six Spanish prisoners are killed aboard Auxiliary Cruiser Harvard
18988 July - Annexation of Hawaiian Islands
189817 July - Spanish surrender Santiago
189825 July - US Army invades Puerto Rico
189826 July - Spanish ask for terms of peace through the French ambassador
189831 July - Night attack by the Spanish on the American lines at Manila, P.I.
18989 August - Battle of Coamo (Puerto Rico) results in U.S. victory; Spain accepts McKinley's terms of peace
189811 August - American Troops enter Mayaguez (Puerto Rico's third largest city)
189812 August - Peace protocol is signed (truce)
189813 August - US Forces take Manila with a minor fight
1898December - Annexation of the Philippines
189810 December - Treaty of Paris signed, Spain recognises the independence of Cuba; cedes Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine Islands to the US
Related Articles/Works
The Conditions Leading up to the Crisis
Porto Rico: Its Capture and its Problems
Our Action on the Maine Disaster
The First Stroke of the War in Manila Bay
The Filipinos
Dewey Sails to Manila
Sinking the Spanish Fleet
Effect of the Victory
Destruction of Admiral Cervera's Fleet
The Land Fight at Santiago
Significance of the Fall of Santiago
Text of the Treaty of Peace
The Philippine Conquest

Documents
The de Lóme Letter
(December 1897)
Recognition of the Independence of Cuba
(20 April 1898)
The Teller Amendment
(20 April 1898)
Spanish Declaration of War
(23 April 1898)
American Declaration of War
(25 April 1898)
Annexation of the Hawaiian Islands
(7 July 1898)
Treaty of Paris, 1898
(10 December 1898)

Related Works
The Philippine Conquest