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So what really caused the Spanish and American war? I know that the war was between Spain and America fought in 1898 but how did it all start?
Because Spain neglected to take care of the Cubans, they rebelled. However, the extent of the rebellion was far less than what it was portrayed to be.
Yellow journalism was big in the 1800s. This kind of news was sensational and stirred up a bunch of feelings in America. The concern for our good became to be so prevalent that we were willing to go to war for it.
As Americans, we were also leaning towards imperialism and domination. Cuba would have given us a great advantage to the U.S. because it is on the outskirts of the Gulf.
When the U.S. did choose to intervene, they sent a ship out that was called the USS Maine. It mysteriously sunk to the bottom of the Havana Harbor. Americans blamed Spain for what had happened.
Instead of allowing Spain to slowly give rights back to the Cubans, Americans swooped in and granted them independence, this was the last thing that occured to start the Spanish and American War.
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