Spanish-American War
Updated: 1/9/2020
Spanish-American War
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  • Cuban Rebellion
  • U.S.S. Maine
  • President McKinely
  • We shouldn't go to war.
  • Before the war, Cuba was owned by Spain. Cuba rebelled against Spain twice. Cuban rebels burned American sugarcane to convince America to help Cuba. Newspapers made exaggerated stories, called Yellow Journalism.
  • America's Demands to Spain
  • The U.S.S. Maine was in Cuba to protect American land and people, and it blew up. Newspapers and America blamed it on Spain, even though it is thought to be because of ammunition exploding.
  • Treaty of Paris
  • President McKinely did not want to go to war. He didn't want to deal with the problems it would bring, so he did everything he could to keep the U.S. out of war.
  • New U.S. Territories
  • President McKinely wanted four things from Spain. They were: money for the U.S.S. Maine, freeing Cubans from prison-like camps, no fighting in Cuba, and Cuba becoming a separate country. Spain accepted all but the last, so America went to war.
  • The Treaty of Paris was between the U.S. and Spain. It was signed in December of 1898, and it said that Cuba was independent, America got the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and Spain was given 20 million dollars for them.
  • Treaty of Paris
  • The United States gained the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.
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