in 1854 the U.S. attempted to buy Cuba from Spain. Spain stated that they would rather see Cuba sink in the ocean.
A Cuban poet and journalist named Jose Marti dedicated his life to achieve Independence for Cuba.
The U.S.S. Maine exploded in a harbor and the U.S. blamed Spain. Although the explosion was an accident U.S. newspapers blamed the incident on Spain.
The Spanish-American was a war between Spain and America and they declared war after a debate on April 20th, 1898. The most famous of all of the units fighting in the war were the Rough Riders which were volunteer Cavalry under the leader, Theodore Roosevelt.
The Treaty of Paris was the treaty that ended the Spanish-American war; they met in Paris to agree on the treaty. Because of the treaty America got Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.
When debating on the Treaty of Paris agreements centered on weather or not the U.S. had the right to annex the Philippines but imperialism was the real issue.