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The treaty ending the Spanish American War was signed this day, Dec. 10, 1898. Spain renounced all claims to Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The war, which began when the Battleship Maine blew up in Havana Harbor, ended only a few months later as Commodore George Dewey destroyed the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay and Teddy Roosevelt helped capture Santiago, Cuba. President William McKinley stated: “At a time … of … unprecedented success … it is fitting that we should … bow before the throne of divine grace and give devout praise to God, who holdeth the nations in the hollow of His hands.”

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