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Title: Spanish-American War


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Spanish-American War
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Cubans did not like being under Spanish rule so
many people revolted. To stop the revolt Spain
imprisoned hundreds of thousands of people.
Americans were displeased with how Cubans were
being treated and were worried about American
owned businesses in Cuba.
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President William McKinley sent the USS Maine to
Cubas Havana Harbor to protect the lives and
property of Americans in Cuba.
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One night a huge explosion destroyed the Maine,
killing 260 Americans. Newspapers reported that
Spain caused the explosion. Which was probably
not true.
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Newspapers published many exaggerated articles
about how the Spaniards treated Cubans. People
were calling for action crying Remember the
Maine!
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Congress declared war and the Spanish-American
war began.
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Nearly one million Americans volunteered to
fight. Theodore Roosevelt left his job as
secretary of the navy and organized a group
called the Rough Riders. The Rough Riders were a
group of fighting cowboys, Native Americans,
college athletes, and wealthy New Yorkers.
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Also chosen to fight were experienced African
American soldiers known as Buffalo Soldiers.
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The Americans defeated the Spanish at the Battle
of San Juan Hill and American ships destroyed the
Spanish fleet in Cuba.
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As a result of the Spanish-American war the
United States gained control of Puerto Rico,
Guam, and the Philippines. Cuba gained
independence, but were under American protection
for a few years.
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With the swift victory the United States showed
that it was a world power and one of the most
powerful nations in the world.
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