The Spanish American War April 25, 1898 – August 12, 1898 (3 months, 2 weeks and 4 days)

Causes of the War

Background of Cuba

  • Cuba is one of Spain’s last colonies in the western hemisphere
  • Cubans want independence and begin to revolt, and formed a movement called the Cuba Libre, a movement within Cuba that wanted independence from Spain.
  • Leaders are exiled and some come to the U.S.
  • Prior to U.S. military involvement, Cuba Libre opened offices in Florida and New York in order to smuggle weapons and to gain U.S. support for their cause.
  • To suppress the the revolt the Spanish cut military supplies and send Cubans to concentration camp
  • As a result Cubans won Americans sympathy
  • Public opinions escalated for America to intervene
  • McKinley, the 25th president of the United States (1897-1901)
  • The President strongly condemned the Cuban treatment by the Spanish.
  • Even though he preferred negotiation over war, he run out of option after American naval ship sank in Havana Harbor killing 266 sailors.

The battle started

  • Even if the battle was bitter at first for the Americans, they won with short period of time.
  • Buffalo soldiers and Rough Riders (volunteer cavalry) play a large role in the battle
  • The war was organized by . . . wait for it . .

The outcome of the war

  • Cuba was freed from Spanish rule, but not from the Americans until 1902
  • Spain gave up Puerto Rico and the island of Guam to the U.S
  • The U. S. paid Spain $20 mil. for the Philippines
  • Cuba must lease Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. for a naval station

All we do is war

  • American Revolution (1775-1783)
  • War of 1812 (1812-1815)
  • Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)
  • Mexican War (1846-1848)
  • Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Spanish-American War (1898-1902)
  • World War I (1917-1918)
  • World War II (1941 –1945)
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Vietnam War (1964-1975)
  • Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)
  • Global War on Terror (Oct 2001 - ???????????

Made with Adobe Slate

Make your words and images move.

Get Slate

Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.