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It is important that our relations with these people shall be of the most friendly character and our commercial relations close and reciprocal. It should be our duty to assist in every proper way to build up the waste places of the island, encourage the industry of the people and assist them to form a government which shall be free and independent, thus realizing the best aspirations of the Cuban people.
Spanish rule must be replaced by a just, benevolent and humane government, created by the people of Cuba, capable of performing all international obligations, and which shall encourage thrift, industry and prosperity, and promote peace and good will among all the inhabitants, whatever may have been their relations in the past. Neither revenge nor passion should have a place in the new government.
William Mckinley, President of the United States.
Chronological Events of the Spanish-American War. Loss and Cost of the War.
April 7. Several diplomatic officials of Great Britain, Germany, France, Austria, Italy and Russia, met the President at the White House bearing a message of friendship and peace. The collective note of the great powers was replied to by the President in fitting terms.
April 10. The Spanish minister presented the final plea of his government for peace to Mr. Day, the assistant secretary of state.
April 11. President McKinley sent his war message to congress.
April 19. Congress passed a joint resolution by a vote of 42 yeas to 35 nays in the senate, and of 319 yeas to 6 nays in the house of representatives, declaring war against Spain.
April 20. The President approved the resolution.
April 21. General Woodford, minister to Spain, received his passports from the Spanish government.
April 22. Blockading proclamation issued. It was also on this date that the first gun of the war was fired by the gunboat Nashville in capturing the first prize of the war, the Buena Ventura.
April 23. The President called for 125,000 volunteers for service during two years.
April 24. Spain issued a decree that war existed with the United States.
April 25. War formally declared by congress against Spain.
April 27. First battle of the war was fought off Matanzas by Admiral Sampson with the New York, the Puritan and the Cincinnati.
April 29. Cervera's fleet sailed for Cuba.
April 30. The battleship Oregon arrived at Rio de Janeiro from San Francisco.
May 1. Admiral Dewey destroyed the entire Spanish fleet under Admiral Montojo in the Bay of Manila.
May 2. Commodore Dewey cut the cable connections between Manila and Hong Kong and took possession of the naval station at Cavite.
May 4. The vessels of Rear Admiral Sampson's fleet sailed from Key West.
May 6. The French steamer La Fayette was captured as a blockade runner.
May 7. Commodore Dewey was promoted to be rear admiral and given the thanks of congress.
May 11. Naval encounter at Cardenas resulting in the death of Ensign Bagley.
May 12. First fight on Cuban soil in attempting to land supplies. Part of the fleet under Admiral Sampson bombarded the batteries defending San Juan, Porto Rico.
May 13. The "Flying Squadron" under Commodore Schley sailed from Hampton Roads.
May 15. The entire Spanish cabinet resigned.
May 16. General Merritt was assigned to the new department of the Pacific, including the Philippines.
May 18. The cruiser Charleston, Captain Glass, sailed from San Francisco for the Philippines.
May 19. Cervera's fleet arrived in the bay of Santiago de Cuba.
May 21. The monitor Monterey was ordered to Manila.
May 23. The First California regiment embarked on the City of Peking for Manila.
May 25. The President called for 75,000 additional volunteers.
May 26. The Oregon arrived at Key West.
May 30. Commodore Schley sent a dispatch that he had seen Cervera's fleet in the bay of Santiago de Cuba.
June 1. Admiral Sampson joined Commodore Schley and took command of the united American fleets, composed of sixteen warships, off Santiago de Cuba.
June 3. The Merrimac was sunk in the mouth of the Santiago harbor and Hobson was taken prisoner with the seven brave men who volunteered to accompany him.
June 6. Ten ships bombarded the batteries at Santiago de Cuba.
June 7. The French cable was cut in Guantanamo Bay.
June 10. Six hundred United States marines were landed at Caimanera, near Guantanamo, and located at Camp McCalla.
June 11 and 12. Fighting took place at Camp McCalla.
June 13. Camara's fleet sailed from Spain. A portion of the first military expedition left Tampa, Florida, for Santiago de Cuba.
June 14. Spanish troops were pursued by scouting parties of ma