Goodbye Prisoners of War
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After summering in a makeshift prison on Seavey’s island, roughly 1,600 prisoners of the Spanish American War returned home. Most left in better condition. Sadly, some died. Tourists grew fond of watching  the POWs as they performed mock bullfights and washed their dishes in the river off Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Here sightseers wave goodbye to prisoners aboard the "City of Rome" in September 1898.



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Spanish prisoners of war depart Portsmouth, Harbor from Maine penal colony in September 1898/ Strawbery Banke Archive

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Detail from 1898 farewell to Spanish prisoners / Strawbery banke Archive