Americ The Spanish American War Essay

779 Words Jan 4th, 2016 4 Pages
America as a whole has gone through many incidents that formed what we know has today United States of America. In one way, America was formed by the means of imperialism. Imperialism is when a nation grows by conquering a weak nation. America had conquered many nations in order to grow, earn money, and be able show others how strong America had become. America had many ways to be able to gain these portion of lands. America had gained these lands during imperialism; this way America was able to show and earn more than what they already had. This helped America to be able to be a better country than any other country in the world. Imperialism played a big role in population, money, and military reasons for United States of America. The Spanish-American War helped prove how strong the U.S. is by gaining their portion of lands: Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Guam. This helped America to create a growth in people and as to create a strong country. The article, The Spanish-American War, 1898, describes the outcome of the war, “Apart from guaranteeing the independence of Cuba, the treaty also forced Spain to cede Guam and Puerto Rico to the United States. Spain also agreed to sell the Philippines to the United States for the sum of $20 million. The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty on February 6, 1899, by a margin of only one vote.” This explained how America profited from the war by earning more land, leading to growth in the amount of citizens. The reason behind this is,…

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