In 1854 the U.S attempted to buy Cuba from Spain. Spain stated that they'd rather see Cuba sink into the ocean.
Jose Marti was a Cuban poet and journalist who started a revolution in 1895 against Spain. He was then kicked out of Cuba at the age of 16.
About the "U.S.S Maine", America and Spain were not getting along. The Americans sent the USS Maine to Cuba and put the Americans at risk. The ship ended up exploding, and the explosion was blamed on the Spanish falsely by U.S newspapers. Yellow Journalism is journalism that is based upon sensation and crude exaggeration.
On April 20th 1898, The U.S declared war on Spain. The war lasted for 6 months. The leaders of the rough riders were Theodore Roosevelt, and Leonard Wood.
United States and Spain signed a cease fire agreement, and on December 10,1898 , U.S and Spain met in Paris to agree on their treaty. Spain freed Cuba and gives their Islands Gwams, and Puerto Rico to the U.S
The Cease Fire Agreement
The Debate over the treaty of Paris argued the right that the U.S had the right to annex the Philippines. Some felt it violated the Deceleration of Independence.