Spanish American War

  • Yellow Journalism

    Yellow Journalism
    Yellow journalism is when newspapers use large, attention-grabbing headlines with exaggerated stories. Newspaper owners started doing this while trying to outsell rivals, and it was at an all time high during the Cuban rebellion, and especially with the USS Maine.
  • U.S. Interests/Trade

    U.S. Interests/Trade
    The United States had economic interests, military needs, and ideology. The U.S. needed new markets to sell products, and new sources for raw materials; they wanted strategic naval bases; and they had a strong sense of nationalism and cultural superiority, and was very strong on christian conversion. They also started a sugar trade with Hawaii, which eventually led to the Queen being forced from power.
  • Cuban Rebellion

    Cuban Rebellion
    Cuba was ruled by Spain and grew frustrated with Spanish authority and Cuba began fighting for independence. In response, Spain implemented the "Reconstruction Policy," which eventually caused more problems than they originally had.
  • Reconcentration Policy

    Reconcentration Policy
    The reconcentration policy was implemented by the Spanish during the Cuban rebellion. The rural Cuban population were given 8 days to move into designated camps which were in fortified towns, and any person who didn't do so was shot.
  • USS Maine

    USS Maine
    The USS Maine was an American Battleship that exploded in Havana Harbor, killing over 200 men; it was sent to protect the american interests in the island. Many Americans blamed the Spanish for the incident because of U.S. newspapers, but it was proved to have been internal in 1977.
  • Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

    Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders
    Theodore Roosevelt joined the first US Cavalry which would become known as the Rough Riders. They charged the Spaniards on San Juan Hill and won, despite having to go back and get the men again, who didn't hear him.
  • Battle of San Juan Hill

    Battle of San Juan Hill
    The Battle of San Juan Hill was a battle between Roosevelt and the Rough Riders and the Spanish forces. The Spanish were greatly outnumbered and this led to a victory for the U.S.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    The Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish-American War. This treaty guaranteed the independence of Cuba, and forced Spain to give up Guam and Puerto Rico to the United States.