Spain controlled Cuban government and economy. Cuba rebelled against Spain in 1868. they forced Cubans into reconcentration camps. In the 1890s, newspapers and journals in New York City made overly exaggerated and sometimes false stories about what was happening in Cuba.
U.S. Demands to the Spanish
Pay for the USS Maine
end re-concentration camps
on February 15, an explosion sank the U.S.S Maine. But, Newspapers jumped on the chance and made papers saying that Spain had taken part in the explosion.
Treaty of Paris
Treaty of Parisby signing this document, you are returning Cuban's their rights.Spain
McKinley hesitates for war even though Americans call for War! Peace is maintained.
Territory Gained by the U.S.
Compensation ($) for the USS Maine, An end to reconcentration camps, a truce in Cuba, Cuban independence (Spain accepts all but Cuban Independence)
a truce in Cuba
Dec 1898, the US signs with Spain. Spain recognizes Cuban independence.
In return for 20 million dollars, Spain gave up the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam. These became US territories.