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Small game picturing a map of Cuba, with ball bearings and indentations.

Cuban Blockade Puzzle

On April 21, 1898, four days after the United States declared war on Spain, President William McKinley ordered the Navy Department to blockade the north coast of Cuba. Later, a second blockade was sent to the southern Bay of Santiago, which became a key theater of war. In this puzzle, the pellets represent the U.S. Navy. Players are invited to dock in the Cuban bays while avoiding falling on Spanish mines.

Unidentified Maker
Masonite with glass, paper, cardboard, and ball bearings
7.6 × 12.7 × 5.1 cm (3 × 5 × 2 in.)
Collection of Emilio Cueto