In 1845 the U.S. attempted to buy Cuba from Spain. Spain stated that they would rather see Cuba sink in the ocean .
José Julián Martí Pérez is the Cuban National Hero and an important figure in Latin American literature.
Although the explosion was accident u.s newspapers blamed the incident Spain.
February 15, 1898, the battleship U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, killing 268 men and shocking the American populace.
Spanish-American War definition. A war between Spain and the United States, fought in 1898. The war began as an intervention by the United States on behalf of Cuba.
Rough Riders. The most famous of all the units fighting in Cuba, the "Rough Riders" was the name given to the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry under the leadership ofTheodore Roosevelt.
The Treaty of Paris freed Cuba and gave the United States of America Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines December 10, 1898, ended the American Revolutionary War.
After the Treaty of Paris was signed in December 1899, the treaty required ratification by at least a two thirds majority of the U.S. Senate. The debate regarding the ratification of the treaty polarized the Senate on imperialism and nation's future role in Cuba and the Philippines.