This was the last place in the Americas where the imperial Spanish flag flew. After the United States invaded Puerto Rico on 1898 and the Island was ceded to the US as part of the Treaty of Paris, thus ending the Spanish American War, the US military government allowed the remaining Spanish troops to remain in the Arsenal until they could be transported out of the Island. During this time, the Spanish flag flew above the Arsenal and thus this was the last piece of the Spanish Empire in the Americas.
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