In 1854 The U.S. Attempted to buy Cuba from Spain. The Spanish Stated They would rather see it sink in the ocean .
Jose Marti was a Cuban poet and journalist. He was kicked out of Cuba for trying to free Cubans from Spanish rule.
The U.S.S Maine blew up on February 15, 1898. The U.S newspapers blamed the Spanish for the explosion. Although it was later found out that it was an accident, the fake news caused the Spanish-American War.
The United States Went To War with Spain April 20,1898, Cuba won Its independence from Spain. Teddy Roosevelt lead the Rough Riders.
War ended December 10,1898. Treaty of Paris turned over island of Guam , Puerto Rico, And West indies To The United States .
Argument centered on whether or not the United States had the right to annex the Philippines, But imperialism Was The real issue.