The Spanish American War On The United States Essay

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The Spanish-American War began on April 25, 1898. The war ended with a victory for the United States on December 10, 1898. The signing of the Treaty of Paris between Spain and the U.S. gave Cuba their independence from Spain, and the U.S. control over Guam and Puerto Rico. The United States also purchased the Philippines Islands from Spain for twenty million dollars. All of these events led to the United States becoming a major powerhouse and let the rest of the world know the authority that they had. The major effects that stemmed from the war were that Cuba gained their independence from Spain, the United States gained Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines, and the Spanish Empire collapsed. Cuba had been fighting for its independence from Spain for many years before the start of the Spanish-American War. After the sinking of the USS Maine in the Havana harbor in February of 1898, the United States declared war on Spain in April. The United States believed that Spain was at fault for the sinking of the USS Maine. “In a flush of idealism, legislators adopted the Teller Amendment, renouncing any aim to annex Cuba.” After the Treaty of Paris, Cuba had their independence. Cuba remained under the jurisdiction of the United States Military until it formed its own government and declared its independence in 1902. The United States gained Puerto Rico and Guam with ease. Spain ceded Guam and Puerto Rico to the U.S., but it made them pay twenty-million dollars for the…

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