Dewey Monument
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Big Alma Spreckles posed as Victoria, goddess of victory, and stands in the middle of Union Square in San Francisco.

Don't expect too close a look, she's on top of a 79-foot-tall granite pillar, and then an 18-foot-high pedestal. That's about 6 stories high! It's a miracle then that the statue, and Mrs. Spreckles, survived the Great Quake of 1906, which flattened large parts of the city and is believed to have killed over 3,000 people. More than half of the city's population was left homeless.

Spreckels went on to create the Legion of Honor, sister museum to the de Young, in San Francisco. Her likeness, goddess Victoria, to this day celebrates Admiral George Dewey's defeat of the Spanish fleet at Manila Bay, the Philippines, as the U.S. pried Cuba out of Spanish hands. (The U.S. first tried to buy Cuba from Spain but that went nowhere.)

The Spanish-American War of 1898 led to some kind of independence for Cuba, minus Guantanamo Bay. George W. Bush would use this bit of Cuba after the 2001 terror attack on the Twin Towers in New York to prevent suspected and real terrorists from having to be tried on American soil. Leading to the question...victories for whom?


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The Dewey Monument is a memorial statue in San Francisco, California, located at the center of Union Square. Union Square is bounded by Geary, Powell, Post and Stockton Streets. The monument is dedicated to Admiral George Dewey and commemorates his victory in the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish–American War. Work on the monument began in 1901 and it was dedicated in 1903.

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