In 1854 the United states attempted to buy Cuba from Spain. Spain stated that they'd rather see Cuba sink into the ocean then give it up to America.
Jose Marti a Cuban poet and Journalist devoted his entire life to the freedom of Cuba and was involved in many riots that encouraged the freedom of Cuba.
Although the explosion was an accident, U.S. newspaper falsely blamed Spain for the incident which would shortly lead to the Spanish American war.
The U.S.S Maine was sent to Cuba to get the Americans that were there and return them back to America. On February 15,1898 the ship exploded and killed 260 men.
April 20, 1889 the United States declared War with Spain and lasted 6 months.
Rough Riders , a volunteer cavalry under the command of Leonard Wood and Theodore Roosevelt won a small battle during the Spanish American war and gained a lot of fame and recognition .
When the war finally ends, the United states and Spain signed a cease fire agreement on August 12 ,1889. On December 10, 1889 U.S and Spain meet in Paris and agree on the treaty. During the peace talk Spain frees Cuba , and gives Guam and Puerto Rico to the U.S and sells the Philippians