Spain-American War

Spain-American War

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  • 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. 
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