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America's greed was partially responsible for the Spanish-American war when they tried to get Cuba and take control of the Gulf of Mexico.
The U.S. was so determined to intervene with the rebellion that they were prepared to go to war.
Both Spain and the U.S. had major investments in Cuba. Spain wouldn't give Cuba independence because of the revenue the island provided.
The U.S. was gathering all these territories and planned on purchasing Cuba.
The USS Maine explosion was the last straw, so to speak. Blame was placed on the Spanish.
The newspapers didn't help matters. They stirred up the people with fake news, also known as "yellow journalism."
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