Historian: Cori Convertito Ph.D.
In 1898, national attention focused on Florida as the Spanish-American War began.
Florida was only 90 miles from the island of Cuba and was home to a large Cuban immigrant population. Cuban-Americans in Florida raised money and awareness in support of the war, and United States troops gathered in port cities around Florida. The port city of Key West served as one of the staging areas for the United States troops bound for the war in Cuba.
This talk will provide an introduction to Florida’s involvement in the Spanish-American War and how Key West factored in to the war effort.
This event is sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and the State of Florida, with additional support provided by The Helmerich Trust and Comedy Key West.