Excerpt from A History of the United States Navy, Vol. 1 of 3: From 1775 to 1901
Our war with Spain has not only altered the map of the world, but it has materially enlarged the history of the United States navy. Not merely a few chapters, but an entire volume has been added, substantially changing the perspective in our naval history. In the present third edition of this work efforts have been made to do justice, not only to our wood and iron navies of the past, but to the later triumphs of our steel ﬂeets. Many important changes, suggested by experience and later information, have been made in the text of Volumes I and II, so that it is believed the record of our navy from 1775 to 1866 as given in these two volumes is complete.
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