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Let us out of this camp!
The PaperReconcentration Camps
Absolutely horrible! The U.S. must get involved!
No! We will have peace!
Cubans are forced into reconcentration camps and Cuban journalists exaggerate the situations in hopes the U.S. will get involved. The exaggerated stories were called Yellow Journalism.
Dear Spanish,The U.S. hereby demands that you:1. provide compensation for the U.S.S. Maine2. end reconcentration camps3. make a truce in Cuba4. give Cuba its independence
The U.S.S. Maine, a boat in the Havana harbor, explodes, killing 250 American people. America blames the Spanish for the explosion.
Treaty of Paris
President McKinley does not want to enter the war even though this is what Americans call for, so peace is maintained.
The U.S. demands that the Spanish do all of these things. The Spanish accept the first three but will not give Cuba independance.
In December 1898, the U.S. signs the Treaty of Paris with Spain. In this treaty, Spain recognizes Cuba's independance.
After paying Spain 20 million dollars, the U.S. gains the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico. These become U.S. territories.
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