Spanish-American War from the Florida Shore
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 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.

The images included in this set have been selected from the Photographic Collection
of the State Library and Archives of Florida.

Florida Photographic Collection
contains more than 157,000 images, representing the most complete portrait of Florida available.
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