American-Spanish war

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1. U.S. support of Cuba's independence
2. To protect U.S. business interests in Cuba
3. Yellow Journalism
4. Sinking of the U.S.S. Maine
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Immediate effect

The main immediate effect of the Spanish-American War (for the United States, at least) was to make the United States an imperial power.

Before this war, the US had had very little in the way of overseas possessions. That changed with this war. The US took effective control of Cuba. It also took complete control of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. By taking the Philippines, in particular, the US became an imperial power.

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Long term effect

Spain lost almost all it's overseas territories and the U. S. gained them. Spain faded as a world power while the U. S. became a world power.The war therefore also helped America’s standing in the world. It was the first time the US had defeated a European country in a war and it showed that the US was on its way to being a major power in the world.
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