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Florida and the War for Cuban Independence, 1898

Rough Riders: Tampa, Florida

In 1898 national attention focused on Florida as the Spanish-American War began. The port city of Tampa served as the primary staging area for U.S. troops bound for the war in Cuba. The arrival of over 30,000 troops, including Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders cavalry unit, changed Tampa from a small town to into a city.

Florida, the closest state to the Caribbean and home to a large Cuban immigrant population, became the setting for much of the action in Cuba's fight for independence from Spain.


Maine Monument" graves : Key West, Florida.

2nd Virginia Volunteers playing with a rattlesnake : Pablo Beach, Florida.

Sultry day in camp : Tampa, Florida.

Camp of Troop F, 3rd U.S. Cavalry : Camp Tampa, Florida.

Troops en route to Cuba.

Cuban volunteers in the barracks.

Trooper at work between drill calls : Tampa, Florida.

Fever wards at the division hospital : Jacksonville, Florida.
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