For many years there has been a debate on whether or not yellow-journalism was a cause of the Spanish-American war. Some historians argue that it had a major impact in sparking the war. They argue newspapers like the New York Journal took advantage of their popularity to incite public opinion and force then President McKinley to act against Spain on behalf of Cuba, which had been under Spanish control since 1511. Other historians disagree and say though the newspapers did report on the events leading up to the war and tended to only publish stories that showed the good side of Cuba, the constant violation by Spain of the interests of the United States in the Caribbean and the United States need to expand their power could be seen as the true causes of the war. In Citizen Hearst: A Biography of William Randolph Hearst, journalist W. A. Swanberg argues that newspaper moguls such as William Randolph Hearst of the popular New York Journal, used it to arouse public opinion in such a way it forced President McKinley to wage war against Spain to free Cuba.1 How could newspapers cause such tremendous action?
Because of Spain’s rivalry with Portugal they joined in the race of finding a faster route to Asia with Christopher Columbus’ help. Columbus set out on his voyage with his three ships the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria in 1492. Thinking the earth was much smaller than it actually was, he planned his trip to be about 3000 nautical miles instead of the 10,600 nautical miles. Thankfully they had the chance to replenish their food and water when they stopped in the Canary Islands or their voyage would have ended in their deaths from starvation and lack of water. Columbus continued his journey in September went, and traveled for thirty-tree days before reaching the Bahamas.
The Monarchy of Spain ruled the land because of Spanish conquistadors who initially staked claim to the land in the name of Spain. This rule of the people of Middle America lasted from 1492 to 1898: over 400 years. Spain's colonial structure was created to introduce the Christian religion to new people and to take advantage of the trade. Spain ruled over what is now Mexico, California, and most of Central America (200-201). A clear cultural impact on Middle America is the main language.
With the wealth of the Americas Spain was able to finance nearly endless warfare in Europe to protect the Americas and bring Catholicism to the New World. In 1519 the promise for riches was fulfilled by Hernan Cortes’s march into Mexico. His expedition served as the model for Spaniards’ and other Europeans’ expectations that the New world could
The Strategic Use of Spanish Technology during the Conquest of Mexico In the 16th century, the kingdom of Spain was the greatest land on the planet, as it dominated the concept of global exploration and colonial expansion. The Spaniards also had another key factor in their favor: technology. When Spanish explorers landed in Mexico in 1519, under an expedition led by the great Hernando Cortes, after seizing Hispaniola and Cuba from the Taino natives in previous years, their technological superiority gave them an edge in toppling these newfound civilizations. While reading Stuart B. Schwartz’s two-sided recollection on the true conquest of Mexico titled Victors and Vanquished, readers will begin to notice how Cortes’s strategic utilization of technology during certain parts of the conquest would help the invading Spaniards successfully overcome the primitive, brute strength of the indigenous Mexica, through the Spanish adaptation of the struggles they faced along the way, and how they benefited from befriending their enemies. In the early, prepatory stages of the conquest, Bernal Diaz, a soldier and companion of Cortes, compared the Spanish leader’s popularity in the New World to that of Alexander the Great in Macedonia, Julius Caesar in Rome, and Hannibal in Carthage.
The Reasons For The War Of 1812 The Reasons for the War of 1812 The War of 1812 was a result of almost a decade of tension filled years between the British government and the American colonies. President James Madison requested a declaration of war to protect the economical foundation for America. In this research paper I will explain the reasons leading up to the War of 1812. Reasons’ being the Impressments of American ships, Economic losses for American caused by Impressment, the suspicions of British army’s supplying weapons to the Indians and the argument in Congress for and against the war. Impressment was a policy of forced recruitment of sailors by the British Royal Navy during the late 18th and early 19th century.
The Reconquista played a vital role in Spain’s downfall. The Reconquista was a period of time, in which Christian Kings attempted to retake the Iberian Peninsula from the Moors. The goal was to do away with the Muslim community. Spain eventually told people to convert or leave. Not only did The Reconquista hurt Spain because of bad publicity, but the Moors were the educated artisans.
Mahan thought that the country with the most powerful navy would control the earth. He believed we should build a canal, and to protect the canal by controlling Hawaii and Cuba, which he thought was a necessity. During this time, thoughts of Anglo-Saxon superiority were a common "excuse" for imperialism. The political scientist and professor of Columbia University, John Burgess said the Anglo-Saxon races were "particularly endowed with the capacity for establishing national state, they are entrusted with the mission of conducting the political civilization of the modern world." Even before McKinley's presidency, he showed interest in foreign markets for the surplus of American products.
They were the Spanish and the Portuguese. The Spanish however were the more successful of the two. The Spanish, along with the help of a great explorer and conqueror Cortez, were highly successful in the take over of Mexico and the defeat of the great Aztec warriors. Two books that give a good account of this story are William H. Prescott’s The Conquest of Mexico and The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico by Bernal Diaz del Castillo. During the time of the explorations of Mexico, the Aztecs were the main tribe that lived in the area.
Napoleon's invasion of Spain in 1807 provided the spark the rebels needed. Napoleon, who at the time wanted to expand his empire, attacked and defeated Spain. He put his elder brother Joseph on the Spanish throne. This act made for a perfect excuse for secession. By the time Spain had gotten rid of Joseph in 1813 most of their former colonies had declared themselves independent.