Today in History - July 17, 1898: The Spanish surrender to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, ending the Spanish-American War. The Treaty of Paris is signed the following February, which gives the United States control of Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.
El Papa Benedicto XVI pasa en el Papamóvil frente a una valla del ex mandatario cubano Fidel Castro que reza "Santiago, rebelde ayer, hospitalidad hoy, heroica para siempre'', a su llegada a la Plaza Antonio Maceo en Santiago de Cuba donde oficiará una misa este 26 de marzo de 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
The majority of the 82 revolutionaries that came to Cuba on the 60-foot yacht named "Granma" were killed or captured, but a few escaped to the Sierra Maestra, including the Castro brothers, Fidel and Raul, Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and a handful of others. Photo shows Fidel Castro (2nd from left) and Cuban Rebels in the Sierra Maestra Mountains.