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  • 02 / 04 / 2015

Ships Fleet of Spanish Admiral Pascual Cervera, sunk in 1898 during the battle between the navies of Spain and the United States in the bay of Santiago de Cuba, will be declared "National Monument" in July.

The ceremony that will honor these submerged relics will take place during an international symposium of underwater activity, said the president of the National Heritage Council, Ministry of Culture, Gladys Collazo.

She also announced that the act is due the presence of relatives of the Spanish Admiral Cervera, who commanded on July 3, 1898 the navy in an unequal naval battle that precipitated the end of the colonies of Spain in America and defined the American entry in the history of the island.

A delegation of the Infanta Maria Teresa, Vizcaya, Almirante Oquendo Christopher Columbus and cruises, and destroyers Furor and Pluto Spanish fleet succumbed to the fire of a powerful US naval squadron off the coast of the city of Santiago de Cuba.

All Spanish ships were sunk or beached under fire from battleships and armored ships of Americans support.

Several years ago, the wrecks of the Spanish fleet became a tourism project called "A dive in history," which opened an underwater route for foreign visitors in Santiago de Cuba.

Source: Diario de Cuba

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