Spanish-American War

The Spanish American War began in 1898 when Spain rejected an American Demand for cease fire in Cuba
The Purpose of the war according to Senator Henry Teller was to aid Cuban Patriots in their struggle for "liberty and freedom"
The Charge up San Juan Hill was the most publicized land battle of the war in which the rough riders were victorious.
Roosevelt's involvement in war made a national hero.
McKinley forced the new Cuban government to approve the Platt Amendment to the new Cuban constitution. It allowed America to intervene with military whenever it saw fit.
The Treaty of Paris was signed in 1989, in which Spain renounced it's claim on Cuba.
Ninety-five thousand Cubans died from disease, mostly due to Spanish General Valeriano Weyler putting them in concentration camps.
John Hay referred to the war as "A splendid little war" because it lasted four months, and less than 400 Americans were killed in combat.
As a result of the war, America gained the Philippines, Guam, Puerto Rico. This gives insight about how the war may have been about more than Cuban independence, and about other things like increases territory.

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Created with images by Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL - "War maps of Cuba, Porto Rico, and the Philippines" • JasonParis - "Madrid, Spain" • Political Graveyard - "Henry M. Teller (1830-1914)" • jl.cernadas - "3177-Iglesia de la Vera Cruz (Segovia)" • cliff1066™ - "Theodore Roosevelt Island" • Jorge Lascar - "Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes"

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