We're at an one of the battlefields from the Spanish-American war! I remember learning about it in history.
Wow! Tell me about it!
Well, it all started with Spain's control of Cuba, but Cuba didn't want to be one of their colonies. Jose Marti, a Cuban poet and journalist, launched a revolution to be free from Spain in 1895. Marti wanted to Cuba Libre, or freedom from Spain.
Many people in the U.S. were interested in helping Cuba because it was on the western hemisphere and the document said that if there was any problem on the western hemisphere then they can help. The U.S. also wanted to colonize Cuba because it's very close to Florida.
Oh yeah! I heard about that! The New York Journal published a journal that exposed a private letter that Enrique Dupuy de Lome wrote about president Mckinley. In the letter he called him "weak" and “a bidder for the admiration of the crowd."
The last thing that happened before the first battle was the U.S.S Maine exploding. No one knows why it exploded and killed 260 men. The U.S blamed it on the Spanish and offered a reward of $50,000 for whoever could catch who blew up the ship.
As the revolution continued, a man named Valeriano Weyler was sent to try to restore order in Cuba and try to keep Cuba under Spain's ruling. Word started to get around and the media began to start reporting on some things. Journalists often reported things that weren't even true! They put fake stories and things into newspapers to capture readers attention. This is called Yellow Journalism.