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After the Cuban Rebellion, Cubans are sent to concentration camps. They destroy US sugarcane to push the US to intervene. Newspapers use yellow journalism and exaggerate the conditions of Cubans.
On February 15, the USS Maine explodes and kills 250 American people. The US blames it on the Spanish and tension increases.
Americans urge the US to intervene. President McKinley maintains the peace.
US declares that Spain compensates for the ship, ends all concentrations camps, a truce in Cuba, and Cuban independence. Spain accepts all but the last. On April 11, 1898, war starts.
The war is won by the US. The Treaty of Paris is signed in December, 1898, freeing the Cubans.
For twenty million dollars, Spain gives up the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The US makes these US territories.
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