No! We're going to send Valerino Weyler to put 100,000 Cubans in re-concentration camps!
We want independence!
America will hear of this in their papers! Then they'll help us!
Lets blame it on Spain!
Lets wait a bit!
Cubans started a rebellion against Spain, but Spain wanted control, so Valerino Weyler put about ~100,000 Cubans into concentration camps. The Cubans used Yellow Journalism to get Americas attention to help them out.
1. Compensation!2. No more camps!3. Truce!4. Cuban Independence!
The Maine, an American Ship, blew up. America was already angry at Spain, and they couldn't blame it on Cuba since they were asking for help, so they blamed the Maine on Spain.
SIGN THE TREATY SIGN THE TREATY SIGN IT SIGN IT SIGN IT SIGN SIGN SIGN IT SIGN-
Okay okay! We'll allow Cuban Independence and sign the treaty...
A letter from a Spanish Ambassador that insulted McKinley was made public, it started an American outroar to engage in war against Spain. McKinley still wanted to keep peace.
Uh, sure. You can have the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam for your territories.
If we give you $20 million can you give us something in return...?
America wanted demands from the Spanish for the letter, the Maine, and not letting Cuba have independence.
Eh... We'll give you everything but #4.
In Paris, a treat was signed between America and Spain that finally gave Cuba independence.
In return for 20 million dollars, Spain also gave up the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam. These became US territories.