Spanish - American War

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Spanish - American War

The war started with the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain, which began in February 1895. Spain’s viciously cruel actions to stop the rebellion were clearly shown in the U.S. public by several sensational newspapers, and consideration for the rebels grew. The growing popular demand for U.S. intervention became a firm response after the unexplained sinking in Havana harbor of the battleship USS Maine, which had been sent to protect U.S. citizens and property after anti-Spanish rioting in Havana.

The War itself

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Spanish-American War (1898)


The most famous of all the units fighting in Cuba, the "Rough Riders" was the name given to the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry under the leadership of Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt resigned his position as Assistant Secretary of the Navy in May 1898 to join the volunteer cavalry. The Rough Riders participated in two important battles in Cuba. The first action they saw happened at the Battle of Las Guasimas on June 24, where the Spanish were driven away. The Battle of San Juan Heights was fought on July 1, which Roosevelt called "the greatest day of my life."

Rough Riders

The Spanish-American War (1898) was a conflict between the United States and Spain that ended Spanish colonial rule in the Americas and resulted in U.S. gaining territories in the western Pacific and Latin America.

Why did it begin?

Timeline of Major Events

Battleship U.S.S. Maine sinks - Feb. 15, 1898Spain declares war on America - April 24, 1898 Battle of Las Gausimas-June 24, 1898Battle of San Juan Heights - July 1, 1898 Manila Bay taken over by US - May 1, 1898


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What was the Spanish American War?

Why is the Spanish American War important?The Spanish American War was a really good win for America the US emerged as a world power. The US practically gained control of South America. The US got control of Cuba and the Philippines. This win was a huge success for Theodore Roosevelt because he used it as ammo for his election.


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