Valerino Weyler was sent to Spain to put down the Cuban rebellion. he put thousand's of Cubans in reconsontration camps. The Cubans asked for Americas help and they said no but, the Cubans burned Americas sugar cane they were growing in Cuba to get there attention and America said yes.
Demands to the Spanish
The U.S.S. Maine was a ship that went to the Havana harbor to protect American citizens and property. But Then There was an explosion killing more than 250 American sailors.
Treaty of Paris
President McKinley was a person who always wanted peace. There was a stolen letter from the Spanish and it described how he was "weak bidder for admiration of the U.S" it was published in the newspapers. that was called yellow journalism because it is over agsatureated news. McKinley still didn't want to go to war
ill buy your land for 20 million dollars!
America had 4 demands for the Spanish 1. compensation for Main 2. end reconsontration camps 3. a truce in Cuba and 4. Cuban Independence. America said that is they didn't agree to all those terms we would go To war. They agreed to all of them except Cuban independence.
On Dec 1888, the U.S signs with Spain. Spain recognizes Cuban Independence
In return for 20 million dollars Spain gave up the Philippians, Puertereco, and Guam.