What Might Happen to San Francisco in the War: IF Commodore Dewey did not have the Spanish Fleet in check in the Philippine Islands.
The San Francisco Call newspaper, Sunday edition. If you click several times on the images, you can zoom in quite closely.
A time when the small US military forces were stretched so thinly in a war against Spain that one might imagine that San Francisco could be vulnerable to shelling and destruction by a few Spanish ships.
The Spanish-American War of 1898 ended Spain’s colonial empire in the Western Hemisphere and secured the position of the United States as a Pacific power. U.S. victory in the war produced a peace treaty that compelled the Spanish to relinquish claims on Cuba, and to cede sovereignty over Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines to the United States. The United States also annexed the independent nation of Hawaii during the conflict. Thus, the war enabled the United States to establish its predominance in the Caribbean region and to pursue its strategic and economic interests in Asia. No longer would the US be satisfied with “manifest destiny” in North America alone.