Wars and Conflicts:
Oil on canvas
H x W: 39 in. / 79 in.
Gift of George J. Seabury
From 1903: The Army and Navy Club, gift of George J. Seabury
The Battle of Manila Bay, depicted in the adjacent painting, was the first major engagement of the Spanish-American War. The Battle of Santiago de Cuba was effectively the last. It was here that the U.S. Navy decisively defeated Spanish forces, sealing American victory in the War and achieving nominal independence for Cuba from Spanish rule.
This painting, by captured Spanish naval medical officer Alfonso Sanz, depicts the attempted breakout of the Spanish fleet from the U.S. Navy-blockaded harbor as U.S. ground forces drove toward Santiago. The battle ended any significant Spanish naval presence in the Western Hemisphere.