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Spanish-American War

Battle in Cuba

The Cuban rebels in a guerrilla warfare, launching surprise attacks against Spanish forces and fading back into the countryside. Tens of thousands of Cubans went into reconcentration camps. Most died from hunger and disease. The U.S. wanted to be neutral throughout the whole thing.

U.S.S. Maine Explosion

The De Lome Letter was written by Spanish Ambassador to James McKinley criticizing him, calling him weak. a battleship sunk in Havana harbor in 1898, an event that helped rouse public support for war with Spain. Those two things made the U.S. want to start a war.

San Juan Hill Battle

On May 1, just days after the declaration of war, Dewey's squadron steamed into Manila Bay and opened fire on Spanish fleet. The Rough Riders were guys who rode their horses. They could've been anyone. The Battle of San Juan Hill, also known as the battle for the San Juan Heights, was a decisive battle of the Spanish-American War. About 5,500 Americans died in that battle.

The Senate Debate over the Treaty

It stipulated seven conditions for the withdrawal of U.S. troops remaining Cuba at the end of the Spanish-American War, and an eighth condition that Cuba sign a treaty accepting these seven conditions. The American Anti-Imperialist League was an organization established on June 15, 1898, to battle the American annexation of the Philippines as an insular area.
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