A little over 200 years ago, a group of people from the Roman Empire arrived in the New World and founded what is now the United States of America.
Their arrival was a turning point in American history, as the United Kingdom, France, and Germany all attempted to reclaim their own colonies from the growing power of the new Spanish-speaking nation.
For some of the people of the time, the arrival of the Spaniards had a profound impact on the lives of their people, and the Spanish-American War of 1898-99 would be one of the bloodiest in U.S. history.
But as the war progressed, the American experience became increasingly different from the events of the past, and so the anniversary of the event is often marked by a celebration of the birthdays of Americans who died in the conflict.
This year, celebrate your favorite holiday by watching this video of some of our favorite holiday celebrations in America.