Essay about The War On The United States

1219 Words Sep 21st, 2016 5 Pages
In the year of 1898 Spain declared war on the United States. The U.S. prime objective was for the true Cuban independence. In pursuing such goal, the string of conflicts began with the poor treatment of Cuban civilians in concentration camps by the Spanish, ‘yellow journalism,” and the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine. The United States involvement in the war was a combination of all of these factors; however, the most influential factor was the sinking of the U.S.S. Maine. The outrage of American citizens advanced throughout the country. Ultimately, the strong perception of a deliberate attack on the Maine pressured United States into the war. Without a clear rationale, the American public pressured the United States to avenge the Maine. After a short four-month war, United States won the war with no casualties and emerged as a major force in the world. As a result, Spain lost Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines to the United States.
The Spanish-American war centers around many contributing elements. The first of these events was the reconcentration policy. In fact, General Weyler was put in charge to stop Cuban rebels from expanding. Such policy “was intended to protect the noncombatant peasantry of the island, but his sole object was to compel them to put themselves wholly in the power of the Spanish officials” (White). The policy forced all rural district civilians to move into cities and towns that was still under Weyler’s control. Moreover, Weyler concluded that…

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