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In 1854, America tried to buy Cuba from Spain. Spain replied that they'd rather see the country sink.
It is here that the bad blood between the U.S. and Spain began.
José Marti, a Cuban journalist, becomes the leader of the rebellion for Cuba's freedom
During his rebellion, he had a history destroying mostly American property.
Journalists in America use yellow journalism to exaggerate the events and urge America to want war.
February 15, 1898, the U.S.S. Maine has accidentally exploded in Havana, Cuba and the U.S. blames Spain.
America declares war against Spain, April 20, 1898, that lasts only six months.
The Rough Riders, critically acclaimed as war heroes, only play a small part during the war
The war ends and the U.S. and Spain sign a peace treaty in Paris, December 10, 1898
Cuba is freed, Puerto Rico and the islands of Guam are given to the U.S., and the Philippines are sold to the U.S.
Americans now question whether or not it is ethical to annex the Philippines into the U.S.
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