Spanish-american war, background b y 1898, the sun had nearly set on the once-vast spanish empire it was now a mere shadow of its former self, retaining only cuba, puerto rico, the philippines, and a small handful of unprofitable outposts elsewhere in the pacific and in africa. The leading american general of the war, zachary taylor, would later be elected the 12th president however, the the most important event (at least in american history) that resulted was the american civil war. Between the end of the spanish-american war and the dawn of the great depression, the united states sent troops to latin american countries thirty-two times it used the roosevelt corollary, or addition, to the monroe doctrine to justify intervention.
The spanish-american war, 1898 the spanish-american war of 1898 ended spain's colonial empire in the western hemisphere and secured the position of the united states as a pacific power. Perspectives on the spanish-american war 1898-1899 #1 president william mckinley's message to congress april 11, 1898 [note: below is a brief excerpt from mckinley's lengthy request for congressional authorization for the. The cause of the explosion remains a mystery, but american journalists and assistant secretary roosevelt, at the time, felt certain that it was a spanish act of war shortly thereafter, war was declared.
In the 1890s, the united states and spanish colony of cuba developed deep economic contacts cuba exported substantial sugar to the us and the united states had invested millions of dollars in cuba's infrastructure such as railroads and plantations. Background: the philippine revolution and the spanish-american war the philippines (left, 1898 map) was a colony of spain from 1571 to 1898 spanish rule came to an end as a result of the philippine revolution and us involvement with spain's other major colony, cuba. The spanish - american war was fought with these larger goals in mind the us army, which invaded cuba in early june, was far from ready to fight its weaknesses became painfully clear over the next few months despite successes such as the famous charge of roosevelt's rough riders. Cuba in 1898 josé m hernandez in 1898 cuba was a geopolitical aberration lying only 90 miles from the florida keys, astride the entrance to the gulf of mexico, it was separated from spain by the vast expanse of the atlantic ocean.
On december 12, 1898, the treaty of paris was signed between the united states and spain, officially ending the spanish-american war and granting the united states its first overseas empire with. Since the late 1860s, efforts had been underway in cuba to end spanish colonial rulein 1868, the cubans began a ten-year rebellion against their spanish overlords though it was crushed in 1878, the war had generated widespread support for the cuban cause in the united states. The spanish-american war was a four-month conflict between spain and the united states, provoked by word of spanish colonial brutality in cuba although the war was largely brought about by the efforts of us expansionists, many americans supported the idea of freeing an oppressed people controlled by the spanish.
Background to the spanish-american war, 1898 on february 15, 1898, one of america's first battleships, the uss maine, exploded in port outside of havana 260 servicemen were killed in the blast. The philippine-american war, 1899-1902 after its defeat in the spanish-american war of 1898, spain ceded its longstanding colony of the philippines to the united states in the treaty of paris. In 1904, the united spanish war veterans was created from smaller groups of the veterans of the spanish-american war today, that organization is defunct, but it left an heir in the sons of spanish-american war veterans, created in 1937 at the 39th national encampment of the united spanish war veterans. The us saw that spain's hold on its empire was weak, and like some kind of expansionist predator, it jumped into the cuban war for independence and turned it into the spanish-cuban-phillipino.
William mckinley: the spanish-american war and foreign affairs mckinley's reelection in 1900 and assassination william mckinley served in the us congress and as governor of ohio before running. A war in perspective, 1898-1998: a war becomes history the new york public library's online exhibit on the spanish american war is extensive, well-organized, and well-illustrated with images of the many artifacts in its collections and other institutions. Photographic history of the spanish american war, p 36 36 on april 25, 1898 the united states declared war on spain following the sinking of the battleship maine in havana harbor on february 15, 1898. He was a spanish minister in washington who wrote a private letter to a friend concerning president mckinley (called him basically useless and indecisive) the discovery of his letter strained spanish-american relations, which helped initiate the spanish-american war.