Friday, September 17

Pacific Islands

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The US captured one of its most important military outposts from an enemy who didn’t even know it was at war

In June 1898, the US Navy sailed to Guam to capture the island from the Spanish. The Spanish, who didn't know they were fighting the US, surrendered the island without a fight. Guam is still a US territory, and it now hosts some of the US's most important military bases. See more stories on Insider's business page. In eight months of fighting in 1898, the US secured its status as a global power by defeating Spain in the Spanish-American War.Fought on two continents, the war had a number of important moments for the US military. It led to the independence of Cuba (with the US as the dominant power there) and to US control of Puerto ...