rough riders

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~The Rough Riders~ What comes to mind when someone mentions the name “Rough Riders”? Most people think of dirt covered cowboys that ride horses, shoot guns, and drink plenty of whiskey. Some of this is true, but for the most part these men overcame impossible obstacles and changed the course of history. They were tough but what made them smart was their leader, Theodore Roosevelt. In the following essay, I’m going to describe the events that led to the creation of the Rough Riders, and the hard-won-battles they fought. Cuba, 1895: After dealing with many years of unfair representation (In the Spanish Parliament) and high taxes, Cuba decided to become independent. So on February 24th, the Cubans declared war on Spain. For many years, the Cubans fought the Spaniards and eventually won. At that time the idea of Imperialism was born, and it quickly spread in the United States. The U.S. felt that it was their “God-given right” to take over other countries and people. Their eyes were set on Cuba; they wanted to buy it because of its huge sugar production. Trading between Cuba and the U.S. proved to be helpful for both sides. America had invested over $50 million dollars in trading Continue...


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At a time when people wanted to go to war and see America as number one, the Rough Riders came just in time. Spain still had influence in Cuba at the time. After a brief bombardment, the 1st American Volunteer Cavalry began its attack. The setting was a piece of land near Santiago, called Kettle Hill. A young man was working in navy as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy; his name was Theodore Roosevelt. He went on to become one of the greatest presidents the U. Roosevelt, in my mind, led a full life and without a moment of waste. Because the group was so talented at the art of war, they were able to fight battles not given to other units. But in May of 1898, he resigned that position to join a volunteer cavalry, led by Colonel Leonard Wood. But never the less, war was declared on April 25th, and a blockade was setup in Cuba. North Atlantic Squadron left Key West for Cuba on April 22 following the news that the Spanish fleet commanded by Admiral Pascual Cervera had left Cadiz and entered Santiago. Basically, the Spanish were isolating them, so they take control of the country. On June 13th, they left the coast of Florida and sailed of Santiago de Cuba. Two days later they landed in a little city called Daiquir.

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