The Spanish Press comments on U.S. Naval Power
Through a Political Cartoon
Contributed by Jose Poncet
This caricature was published by the French magazine LE RIRE, (THE
SMILE or THE LAUGH), on May 5, 1898, four days after the Battle
of Manila Bay/Cavite. It pertains to the collection of a Spanish gentlemen
named Manuel Gramunt de Moragas. The cartoon depicts a "McKinley"
battleship sinking a small battleship of young Spanish king, Alfonso XIII.
The caption read "The era of chivalry has ended...nowadays only blood and
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