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Currier & Ives Our victorious fleets in Cuban waters [chromolithograph]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03534 Author/Creator: Currier & Ives Place Written: New York Type: Print Date: 1898 Pagination: 1 sheet

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Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: Spanish American WarLatin and South AmericaCaribbeanGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyNavyArt, Music, Theater, and FilmMilitary History

Sub Era: Empire Building

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