The Spanish-American War was a war between Spain and the U.S. in 1898.
Conflict began of the internal explosion of USS Maine in Havana harbor in Cuba, leading to U.S. intervention in the Cuban War of Independence.
War in the Philippines & Caribbean
The US destroyed every Spanish ship and Filipinos joined American forces. America blockades Cuba.
Their was tension between Cuba and Spain and Cuba wanted independence from Spain. Americans were "sympathetic" to Cubans and they wanted Americans help.
Treaty of Paris
The war escalated quickly after the explosion of the Maine. Americans use Yellow Journalism to attract readers which makes the Spanish furious because they claimed they did not blow up the magazine.
Acquisition of the Philippines
I'll sell you the Philippines for $20 million.
Teddy Roosevelt leads the "Rough Riders" to help capture San Juan Hill and America takes over Puerto Rico (Spanish territory).
End of the Spanish-American War
The Treaty of Paris was signed on December 10, 1898, where Cuba became independent and Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines were part of US territories.
The Treaty of Paris was signed by Spain and the US that ended the Spanish–American War. Spain claimed to give up all claim of Cuba, and gave up Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to the United States.
The US sold the Philippines and Puerto Rico and Guam became one of the two US territories.
Spain lost the war and Cuba finally became independent from Spain.