By David Traxel
In 1898: The beginning of the yank Century, David Traxel tells the tale of a watershed 12 months, a yr of international clash, extravagant event, and breakneck social switch that solid a brand new America—a unexpected empire with many far-flung possessions, a dynamic new participant upon the worldwide stage.
At the guts of this shiny, anecdotal background is a masterly account of the Spanish-American battle, the "splendid little war" that garnered the state Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. From the sinking of the Maine in waters off Havana to Teddy Roosevelt's tough riders and the triumph of Admiral Dewey, here's the lightning-swift army episode that reworked the United States right into a international strength. right here too are many tales now not so frequently told—the bloody first successes of the hot United Mine staff, the tentative beginnings of the Ford Motor corporation, the million-dollar release of the Uneeda Biscuit—each in its means as very important because the harbinger of the yank century. Compulsively readable, usually funny, completely interesting in its each aspect, 1898 is well known background at its best.
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Realizing the extent of the riches being shipped from the New World to Spain, Ango now increased the size of his corsair fleets and started sending them directly to the Caribbean. The great age of piracy in the Americas had begun. By the 1550s, France and Spain were once again at war in Europe, and for the first time the Caribbean became an important theater of battle. In 1554, for instance, the Norman captain François Le Clerc—known to his Iberian enemies as Pié de Palo (Peg Leg) because of a limb he had lost in battle—arrived in the West Indies with eight large ships and three hundred troops.
The man, seventeen-year-old Guillaume Rouffi, showed up a day later in native attire. Under questioning, he told a haunting story. 26 PA I N T E R I N A S AVA G E L A N D Rouffi had been among those at Charlesfort, the earlier French out post. The leader of that expedition, it turned out, was a man all too famil iar to the Spanish. His name was Jean Ribault, a legendary mariner: “one of the best men of the sea in Christendom,” in the words of a contempo rary. When Ribault had returned to France, taking with him his second in command, René Laudonnière, he promised the twenty-six volunteers who remained behind that he would be back soon.
Alligator meat, one settler would later re- Detail of Fort Caroline showing a cannon mounted at a bastion, from an engraving based on Le Moyne’s work. ”) They picked native grapes—“sweet and plump, all of the dark variety,” as an other colonist put it—and, in true French fashion, made wine. They kept up the Calvinist tradition of singing psalms in the afternoon, encourag ing the Indians to join them. They clung to the rituals and rhythms of their past lives in hopes that they might learn to feel at home in one of the most alienating places imaginable, an isolated outpost on the edge of a vast and unfathomable continent.
1898: The Birth of the American Century by David Traxel