Longtime Walton resident battled mosquitos and more in the Spanish American War

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 04:24 PM.
 
The Spanish-American war was the shortest conflict in U.S. history at little more than three months, but it was significant to U.S. imperialism.
 
“The Spanish-American War set America up to be a world power,” said Aultman, of the conflict that led the United States to establish holdings in the Philippines, among other places.
 
His father did not see that part of the world during his service, but he did see Cuban soil — though not for long. The war ended when the Treaty of Paris was signed Dec. 10, 1898, with the U.S. acquiring former-Spanish colonies of Puerto Rico, Guam, in addition to the Philippines. The treaty also gave Cuba independence from Spain.
 


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