Impact Of The Spanish American War Essay

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The Impact of the Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War was the clash between the United States and the Spanish Kingdom. The war started when Cuba wanted independence from Spain. Spain’s attempts to layoff the rebellion were addressed in the United States newspapers. Their curiosity sparked. After the anonymous sinking of the USS Maine in Cuba in Havana Harbor, United States’ intervention became a popular and growing command. The War ended when America gained possession of territories in the Western Pacific and North America. The Spanish-American War changed the countries involved into what they are today.
Cuba was one of the first countries affected by the Spanish-American War. In 1868 until 1878, Cubans personified by guerrilla fighters, known as mambises, fought for autonomy of Spain(1). President William McKinley declared War on Spain on April 25, 1898 (2). Cuba was led by General William Shafter and outnumbered the United States by seven to one. However, Cuba lost its glory to the Rough Riders, a regiment organized by Theodore Roosevelt. The war ended for Cuba when the Spanish Atlantic fleet (naval vessel) was destroyed by the United States force. Unfortunately, Cuba 's leader, Tomas Estrada Palma, could not win this war for his country.

Before Tomas Estrada Palma became the official president of Cuba, a young man named Jose Marti was considered the leader of Cuba. Marti was a Cuban writer residing in the state of New York. He went to Tampa in hopes to get…

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