The Battle of Santiago de Cuba on July 3rd, 1898, marked a turning point in the Spanish-American War, as well as the loss of Admiral Cervera’s Spanish fleet. This talk will expound the human side of the War’s great military events, describing the unknown fate of the fleet’s crew members, and their perilous voyage along the Eastern coast of the United States after the battle.

Juan Escrigas Rodríguez, Captain of the Spanish Navy, is currently the Military Attaché of Spain in Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Albania. He holds a Diploma in General Staff by Spain’s Higher Military Academy of the Armed Forces; a Diploma from the Naval War College of Newport (RI); and a Doctorate in Contemporary History from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is also a Full Member of the Royal Academy of Philately and Postal History of Spain, of the Spanish Academy of Military Arts and Sciences, and a Corresponding Foreign Member of the Cuban Academy of History. He has published numerous books and articles relating to all these topics.

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