Today in History - July 17, 1898: The Spanish surrender to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War. The Treaty of Paris is signed the following February, which gives the United States control of Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.
1898: the Spanish-American War...On April 25, 1898 the United States declared war on Spain following the sinking of the Battleship Maine in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. The war ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on December 10, 1898. As a result Spain lost its control over the remains of its overseas empire -- Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines Islands, Guam, and other islands.
As a result of the Spanish American War of 1898, as per The Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded Puerto Rico, the Phillipine Islands and Guam to the U.S.A. On March 2, 1917, The Jones - Shafroth Act was signed granting collective U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans without rescinding their Puerto Rican citizenship. Puerto Ricans do not need Passports to travel between Puerto Rico and the U.S.A.
Puerto Rico, San Juan, El Arsenal de la Marina. This was the last place in the Americas where the imperial Spanish flag flew. After the United States invaded Puerto Rico on 1898 and the Island was ceded to the US as part of the Treaty of Paris, thus ending the Spanish American War, the US military government allowed the remaining Spanish troops to remain in the Arsenal until they could be transported out of the Island. During this time, the Spanish flag flew above the Arsenal.
The Spanish-American War of 1898 was a conflict between the United States and Spain that ended Spanish colonial rule in the Americas and resulted in U.S. acquisition of territories in the western Pacific and Latin America by way of the Treaty of Paris. The Treaty of Paris was signed on Dec. 10, 1898. The image is a photograph of a battle in the Spanish-American War of 1898. National Archives identifier 598580