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186 JOSÉ LUIS VEGA ALBA siguiendo, en líneas generales, las coordenadas temporales señaladas por los mandos de los capitanes generales Montero y Delgado que ejercieron, por última vez en el siglo, el mando civil de la provincia. PALABRAS CLAVE: Crisis, seguridad, guerra, planes de defensa, imperialismo, sistema de garantías, reservistas. ABSTRACT The Canary Islands form a unique geographic and economic region, located in the Middle Atlantic Ocean, providing a natural gateway and a logistic platform towards three continents. This situation related to America made it suffer the consequences of the 1898 War. That year was probably the hardest one for the Archipelago from the security point of view, since its sovereignty seemed to be at risk. The islands were subjected to veiled US threats, or psychological warfare, during the final phase of the short-lived conflict, and immediately afterwards, to the troubles derived from the Spanish installation of artillery positions in the Algeciras Bay. This work focuses on the crucial year of 1898 and will review the eve of the conflict, the impact it had on the islands as well as analyze how Captain Generals Moreno Cordero and Delgado Zulueta managed the crisis. To do that, the article will be structured in a general framework presenting the initiatives that took place in the eve of the conflict, to be continued with a recite of the crisis development in the islands, following in a general way the time references marked by the command tours of Generals Montero and Delgado, which were the last to hold the Civil Authority capacity in the Province, as the Century came to an end. KEY WORDS: Crisis, Security, War, Defense plans, Imperialism, Warranties system, Reservists. * * * * * Revista de Historia Militar, 118 (2015), pp. 186-220. ISSN: 0482-5748


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