The Reasons the United States Entered the Spanish American War

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The Spanish-American war cannot be directly sourced to one cause. Rather it was the result of the combination of events pre-dating the war and the spark that ignited our intervention into this conflict. This paper will trace the reasons behind the United States involvement in this war. The United States partaking in this war, was a signal to the rest of the world that the United States was ready to emerged as a world power. By having one of the best Naval Fleets, by the beginning of the war, the United States sent a messaged to the rest of the world that the US is ready and capable to become more involved in foreign affairs. However, it is important to question the importance of each cause that led up to the United States declaring …show more content…
Although the revolution eventually failed, the tensions between the Cubans and the Spanish remained and fueled the Cubans second revolution in 1895.

As the Cubans rose up against their Spanish rulers, a terrible war commenced, where many of the civilians suffered greatly. Guerrilla war tactics were used, which were the use of small groups of civilians; other than trained military personal to strike a target and then withdrawal quickly. To quell the guerillas, the Spanish rounded up the rural population into rebel camps and deprived them of food and sanitation, and in these camps thousands died. It was at this point, when the US finally began to pay attention. Other then being a very humanitarian nation, the US took special interest in Cuba. For one the US had invested 50 million dollars in Cuba and the war had taken a toll on this investment and other business ventures, but this still wasn’t enough to get involved. Inside the US, the nation was split. One half supported Cuba and its “rebel” government in the hopes to send funds and goods, and they sympathized greatly with the Cubans, because of the propaganda fed to them by the Yellow Press. When one of the most famous writers (William Randolph Hearst) for these papers, sent Fredric Remington to document the war, he reported back to

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