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A History of the Navy in 100 Objects
A History of the Navy in 100 Objects

Object 32: Commemorative Plate and Other Objects Belonging to George Dewey, Admiral of the Navy

The 19th century concluded with the construction of a whole new generation of ships - in fact it was a whole new navy. In the wake of the explosion of the USS Maine, the United States declared war on Spain in 1898. Facing off against an aging, under-gunned Spanish fleet, the modernized U.S. Navy won two spectacular victories over the Spanish, firmly establishing itself as a navy equal to the other global maritime powers. Our objects today belonged to the leader of the first American victory, Commodore (later Admiral of the Fleet) George Dewey.

Commemorative plate and other objects belong to George Dewey, Admiral of the Navy

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