The Spanish-American War
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Sugar Cane Plantations
The USS Maine
It was you!
Spain put over 100,000 Cuban citizens in reconcentration camps, which had very poor conditions. Cuba used Yellow Journalism to exaggerate the harshness so the U.S. would help.
Keep the Peace!
At first, the U.S. didn't want to get involved, but then the Cubans burned American sugar cane plantations to get the U.S. attention.
The U.S. sent their ship, the USS Maine, to the Havana Harbor to enforce good "behavior" in Cuba. When the ship blew up, they blamed it on Spain.
End of War
Okay, we agree
President McKinley still didn't want to get involved because he wanted to keep the conflict peaceful.
So he sent a list of demands to Spain. Spain agreed to all except Cuban Independence. McKinley got mad and declared war. The war was short and had very few injuries and deaths.
War: April 11th, 1898
Demands1. Pay for USS Main2. End re-concentration camps3. A truce with Cuba4. Cuban Independence
Spain and the United States signed the Treaty of Paris. The US also bought the Phillipines, Puerto Rico, and Guam for 20 million dollars.
Treaty of Paris
Over 12 Million
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