The Spanish American War
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The Cubans rebelled from Spain. They used Yellow Journalism to try to capture America's attention by burning American sugar cane farms in Cuba.
The U.S.S. Maine exploded killing almost 250 people.
McKinley wanted to make peace with Spain.
As a final attempt at peace, McKinley demands money for USS Maine, the ending of reconcentration camps, truce in Cuba, and Cuban independence from Spain.
The US signed the Treaty of Paris with Spain.
Spain gave up the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and the island of Guan to the US in exchange for $20 million.
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