The U.S is not justified in annexing the Philippines and fighting a war to keep it because it was just a chance to exploit people and land to earn power and prestige. On April 25, the United States declared war on Spain following the sinking of the Battleship U.S.S. Maine in Havana harbor sent by President McKinley to protect U.S citizens. Cuba was the first to initiate its own struggle for independence. Spain used ruthless brutal tactics to bring down the revolt where the U.S intervened due to sympathy for Cuban rebels.
One event that created a good platform and story for Yellow Journalism was the maine. This started a motive for revenge. The Maine was sent to Havana to protect American Property. Mysteriously the ship exploded killing 260 men. There was no explanation but this angered American casuring them to want to go to war.
In February 1989 those who were seeking intervention got a big opportunity as the warship, the USS Maine, was blown up whilst stationed on the harbour of Havana. All the evidence weighs up to the fact that the ship was blown up by an internal explosion but the USA used this event and were convinced that the Spanish wanted to go to war with America. This was a huge factor and the big final push to America which is why they declared war on Spain alongside other influences. The media at the time which was The ‘Yellow press’ a newspaper owned by William Randolph Hearst was thought to be one of the main causes of the Spanish
American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World The inhumane and sadistic behavior of Columbus’ men was influenced by both the inherent violence in European society of their time and the opportunity to subject a race of people they thought to be inferior to their control. During Columbus’ lifetime Europe was governed by fanatical religious Christians and greedy rulers who’s main concern was to acquire as much gold and wealth as possible. Slave trade was a popular business at this time. Men, women, and children were captured during raids on tribes throughout Africa and forced into slavery. The Spanish Inquisition occurred at this time as well, in which people that didn’t convert to Catholicism were tortured and killed or put into slavery.
In 1912 the US forces return to Cuba to put down black protests against discrimination. 1934: The US abandons its right to intervene in Cuba's internal affairs, revises Cuba's sugar quota and changes tariffs to favour Cuba. 1958: The US withdraws military aid to Batista. Over all, these events all have lead to the build up of tension between Cuba and the USA which eventually lead to the Missile crisis. Why did Castro come to power in Cuba?
Germany’s U-boat warfare was another reason for Cuba’s entry into the war. This warfare was aggressive against all neutral peoples, the principles of humanity, and the principles of justice. Under these threats, they had no choice but to go to war. Another reason to go to war was the sugar trade. Cuba had to use a Swedish ruse to safely and successfully ship sugar, an ingredient in bomb-making, to Britain and France.
Seven percent of conspiracy-loving Americans blame the Central Intelligence Agency for Kennedy's death. After the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba in 1961, Kennedy and the CIA were on rough terms, leading conspiracy-minded individuals to suspect the CIA retaliated by having the president killed. CIA conspiracies often overlap with mob conspiracies because of revelations that the agency worked with organized crime on its Castro schemes. * The Cubans were also a popular candidate for conspiring on the President’s life. The American government made numerous attempts at killing the infamous Fidel Castro, but it is believed that Castro got to JFK first.
Napoleon's first major mistake was made in March of 1808, when Napoleon intervened in a dispute between the present king of Spain and the king's son. He placed them both in prison and put his own brother on the throne. The people of Spain did not take too kindly to this act and so began a bloody war that was not defined by major battles, but by guerrilla warfare that kept a large number of French troops occupied to keep control of the country. French troops would end up executing hundreds of Spaniards who were thought to be resisting French power. Britain saw an opportunity to weaken Napoleon's empire by landing 13,000 troops on the coast of Portugal, where they made their way up along Spain's coastline.
Spanish-American war * In Cuba, then a Spanish colony, angry nationalists known as the insurrectos began a revolt against the ruling Spanish colonial regime. When Spain sent in General "Butcher" Weyler to stabilize the situation in Cuba, he put much of the population in concentration camps. The US, which had many businessmen with investment interests in Cuba, became concerned. * In 1898, the US dispatched the USS Maine on a "friendly" mission to Cuba. The ship was to wait, ready to rescue US citizens who might be endangered by the conflict in Cuba.
Americans remembered with hostility the fervor of World War I propaganda efforts, which were later regarded as violating basic rights as well as conveying misinformation. At first, the government was reluctant to engage in propaganda campaigns, but pressure from the media, the business sector and advertisers who wanted direction persuaded the government to take an active role. Regardless, the government insisted that its actions were not propaganda, but a means of providing information. These efforts were slowly and haphazardly formed into a more unified propaganda effort, although never to the level of World War I. President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Office of War Information (OWI) in 1942.