Diploments reconmended to President Franklin Pierce that the U.S. buy Cuba from Spain. Cuban revolt against Spain was not successful. In 1886 the Cuban people forced Spain to abolish slavery.
His revolution was based around guerrilla war tactics.
Jose Marti was Cuban poet and journalist who launched a revolution against Spain in 1895.
He was kicked out of Cuba at the age of 16 due to his revolutionary activities.
On February 15, 1898 the U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana Harbor in Cuba. Over 260 men were killed. Yellow journalism is journalism that is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration.
On April 20th 1898 America declared war on Spain. The war lasted 6 months, but fighting only lasted 15 weeks. A cease-fire was signed on August 12, 1898 and on December 10, 1898 a peace treaty was signed.
Spain freed Cuba and gave the United States: Guam and Puerto Rico. Spain also sold the Philippines to the United States for $20 million.
The problem was that the U.S. is a democracy, and imperialism goes against the principles of democracy. On February 6, 1899 the senate approved the Treaty of Paris. The U.S. empire included Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.