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In history on September 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

The USS Olympia was launched in 1895, intended as the flagship of the American Asiatic Squadron. Three years later she was catapulted into public awareness when Commodore George Dewey defeated the Spanish squadron guarding the Philippine islands. Advancing technology and mass media spread news of the surprising American victory around the world in just a few days. In the heady days of ‘civilized’ imperial expansion, America had gained its first overseas colony. Dewey was instantly promoted to the rank of admiral. Read the rest of this entry »