VIEW OF SANTIAGO DE CUBA, WHERE THE CAPTAIN AND CREW OF THE "VIRGINIUS" WERE EXECUTED.

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Granville Perkins


View of Santiago de Cuba, where the Captain and Crew of the "Virginius" were executed.

Wood engraving, c.1875.

Good condition with modern hand-color
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 92982
Price: SOLD
Publisher :
Sketched by Granville Perkins.

The Virginius Affair occurred between 1873-1875. Despite being a Cuban vessel, it was illegally registered as a United States vessel. The ship was being used to assault Spanish vessels during the Ten Years' War. Eventually captured, Spain executed 53 members of the crew under claims of piracy. Complaints from Britain and the U.S. eventually stopped the executions and to avoid war with the U.S., Spain handed over the ship. They also paid reparations of $80,000 to each American family who had lost someone to their execution tactics, as the ship had contained American and British citizens.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Town Views - Central & South America, and the West Indies , Cuba

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