Spanish American War
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Because America didn't want to be involved in the rebellion, Cubans burned American plantations and used Yellow Journalism, exaggerated news, to get their attention.
U.S. Demands to the Spanish
Compensation for the MainePut an End to Reconcentration campsA truce in CubaCuban independence
The U.S.S. Maine blew up and sank on February 15, 1898. It killed about 250 sailors. Americans blamed the Spanish for its explosion.
Treaty of Paris
McKinley still doesn't intervene in the war even though Americans want to. Then, George Dewey was told to prepare in the Philippines. If war broke out, they were to burn the Spanish Fleet.
Territory Gained by U.S.
McKinley wrote a list of demands to the Spanish as way of trying to avoid war and keep peace. Spain excepted all except for the last demand, so President McKinley declared war.
America and Spain sign the Treaty of Paris in December 1898.
The Treaty of Paris
The U.S. also gained the territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines in exchange for 20 million dollars.
Over 12 Million
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