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What port city did many United States troops, including future president Theodore Roosevelt, depart for duty in Cuba from?

  San Juan

(Rough Riders encamped at San Juan Hill, San Juan, Cuba, ca. 1898, credit: HistoryMiami)

In 1898 the United States went to war with Spain.  The United States had joined the fight against Spain in Cuba, in Cuba’s fight for independence.  At the time Florida was known for its connections to Cuba, and it was also the closest state to the fighting.  Therefore, Florida became a staging area for many troops leaving for Cuba.

A: Tampa

Posted at 06:00 AM on September 16, 2010 in History Question of the Week | Permalink

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