The Spanish-American War

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The Spanish-American War The Spanish-American War was a small conflict between Spain and America that lasted from April to July of 1898. The war was the first step that the United States took to reach a great military and imperial power. A number of factors contributed to the U.S. decision to go to war against Spain. These factors included the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain, the sinking of the U.S Maine and the motivation for American imperialism. As a lot of Americans call it, the Spanish-American war was a splendid little war. The war caused America to gain a lot and lose very little. Even though there has been a few negative effects as the result of the war, the United States changed history by acquiring more ports, territories and by building bigger navies. American imperialism was what Americans wanted the most. They wanted to extend their political, military and economic control all over the world. With the booming economy in the United States in the late 1800s, there was a problem with the surplus of goods. Excess production led to declining profits. Americans needed more consumers to buy their products. Industrialists wanted trade to expand into new overseas market where American products could be sold. The United States opened their overseas market with Japan. Japan wanted an open trade with America and to approve their military technology. The United States also gained more ports in the Midway Islands and built a naval base in Pearl Harbor. Even though the United States acquired a lot of ports prior to the Spanish-American war, they also gained new territories. After the USS Maine was destroyed in Havana Harbor, McKinley called for more than 100,000 volunteers to join the army. The U.S navy quickly blockaded Cuban ports and in response to that, Spain declared war on the United States. About 200,000 men enlisted in the U.S army. After the
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