The Spanish American War started with yellow journalism by the Cubans which convinced America to help them. Spain sent Valeriano Weyler their best general and he put the Cubans in camps
I get my demands Spain.
Then the Spanish blew up the U.S.S. Maine, one of America's ships.
My country is finally free.
The American public called for war ,but Mckinley hesitated.
Demands to the Spanish Mckinley's war message was a way to make a peaceful agreement. He sent a list of demands to Spain. This included the destroying of the Maine and reconcentration camps. Pay you the money. End fighting. And let Cuba be free.
The U.S then signed a treaty with Paris on December 1898. In the treaty, the Spanish government recognized Cuba’s independence. In return for a payment of 20 million dollars Spain also gave up Philippines and Puerto Rico too.
A majority of the senators In return for 20 million dollars Spain also gave up the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Guam. These became Us territory.