In 1854 the U.S attempted to buy Cuba from Spain. Spain stated that they'd rather have Cuba sink into the ocean.
I'd rather Cuba sink in the ocean than you buying it.
Jose Marti, the poet and journalist, devoted his life to guaranteeing the freedom of Cuba.
The USS Maine acted as a battle ship to protect people that were there. The explosion of the USS Maine(February 15, 1898) made it in the newspaper, but falsely blamed Spain for the incident.
The war lasted 6 months and was declared on April 20, 1848. A small battle during the war was ran by the Rough Riders. The leaders of the Rough Riders were Theodore Roosevelt and Leonard Wood, to then become 'famous' from the newspapers because of their accomplishments.
The Peace Treaty of Paris began with an argument between U.S and Spain, resulted in war and lasted for 15 weeks
The arguments lied upon if the U.S had the right to annex the Philippines(February 6, 1899, all was questioned and was also believe it violated the of Declaration of Independence.