The U.SS Maine was in the Havana Harbor to protect the U.S Citizens. It ended up getting blown up and the U.S blamed the Spanish for it.
The treaty of Paris would agree Cuban's independence and they would be a independent country
The U.S demands from the spanish were that the U.S wanted the money for the U.SS Maine, to end reconcentration camps, truce in Cuba, and Cuban independence. Spain agreed to all of these except the last one.
President Mckinley wanted peace, and didn't want a war.
The Cubans used Yellow Journalism to their advantage to hopefully get the Americans to help them get away from the Spanish
Territories that were given up by the Spanish include the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico