Spanish American War Research Paper

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Fabiola Perez 06/16/15 Spanish-American War A war between Spain and the United States of America, fought in 1898. The war began as an intervention by the United States on behalf Cuba. Some of the causes of the war were the demands by Cuban patriots for independence from Spanish rule made U.S. intervention in Cuba a paramount issue in the relations between the United States and Spain from the 1870s to 1898. For the most part, this overseas empire was a culmination of the expansionism that the U.S had engaged in at home. It was caused by many of the same factors as the earlier expansion. The earlier expansion within North America was largely driven by the idea of Manifest Destiny. Americans believed that they were destined by God to expand their territory. They…show more content…
The same could be said for the overseas expansion. The U.S felt that it deserved to take places such as Hawaii and the Philippines because its people were superior to the natives of those islands. They felt they were “taking up the white man’s burden” by civilizing these people. They also wanted to become more powerful military and economically. The Spanish American War was a conflict between the United States and Spain that ended Spanish rule wanted by Cubans to free themselves from a exploitive ruler and establish democratic self-rule, this also lead to the acquisition of territories in the western Pacific and Latin America, which made it the war and gave the significance to the United States that did it. John Hay was an American secretary of state who attempted to preserve china’s independence and protect American interest in China and was the guy who has quoted that the war was a “splendid little war” due to the short amount of time the war lasted and the few little catastrophes that went on during the war like the number of men dead. The United States was simply unprepared for war; the U.S. Army was understaffed, under equipped, and undertrained. That

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