The waters of the West Indies and Caribbean have been the battleground for various European nations for several centuries. Although not as rich in historic associations as the Mediterranean, to which it has not inaptly been compared, still, the insular or isolated nature of the bordering countries of the Caribbean has caused the warfare in these countries to be very largely and primarily of a maritime nature. When the inter-oceanic canal is constructed, not only will the importance of these waters be magnified, but the latter-day similarity to the waters of the Mediterranean greatly increased.
An Account of Some Past Military and Naval Operations Directed Against Porto Rico and Cuba
Captain C. H. Stockton